UAS refusal of entry, BNPT praises Singapore’s stance in preventing radicalism

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Ustaz Abdul Somad (UAS) when detained in a small room at Singapore’s immigration center (Source: Instagram)

Jakarta, IO – The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) viewed Singapore’s refusal of entry on Ustaz Abdul Somad (UAS) was nothing more than an early prevention against potential threat of radicalism.

BNPT Director for Prevention Brigadier General Ahmad Nurwakhid said this should be a lesson for Indonesia to also take precautions from the “upstream,” namely radical thought stemming from views, doctrines and ideologies.

“Singapore’s actions are superior in terms of preventing threats and other forms of terror,” said Nurwakhid as quoted by CNN Indonesia, Wednesday (18/5).

According to him, Indonesia is still only carrying out preventive strikes or law enforcement on terror threats. Meanwhile, Singapore has a legal basis in the form of its Internal Security Act (ISA) to conduct a pre-emptive strike to ban radical ideology, views and understanding that can potentially lead to acts of terrorism.