CONTROVERSIAL MALAYSIAN PREACHER BANNED FROM SINGAPORE

Controversial Malaysian convert and academic Professor Mohd Ridhuan Tee Abdullah, whose incendiary writings on race and religious issues have earned him the ire of Singapore's authorities, was barred from entering Singapore recently.

Ridhuan shot to infamy 3 years ago when he wrote in his column in Utusan Melayu threatening war against Singapore over the 2 countries' territorial dispute over offshore islands.

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He wrote then, ""It is fortunate that I was not the PM when solving the dispute over Pulau Batu Puteh. If I was, I would definitely have not brought it to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

"The only resolution to the dispute over the island is to wage war."

Recounting the incident, Ridhuan complained that he was detained without any explanation by the Singapore authorities and "treated like a terrorist".

He had been trying to visit Singapore with a friend via the Woodlands Checkpoint when Immigration & Checkpoint Authority officers asked for him to disembark from his vehicle. They conducted a search on him, took his photo and fingerprints and shuffled him off for interrogation.

At the end of it all, he was issued a letter stating that he was barred from entering Singapore.

"They escorted me past the (Johor-Singapore) Causeway and did not give any reason (for banning my entry)," he wrote in his column published in Sinar Harian today.

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