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Social media accounts of govt leaders, agencies spammed by supporters of Indonesian preacher denied entry into Singapore

Social media accounts of govt leaders, agencies spammed by supporters of Indonesian preacher denied entry into Singapore

The Instagram account of Singapore President Halimah Yacob was among those spammed by the supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara.

SINGAPORE — Social media accounts of a few Singapore political office holders and government agencies were spammed by supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara, after he was denied entry here on Monday (May 16).

This was confirmed on Tuesday night by a spokesperson from the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI), who added that there were also “calls for cyberattacks against Singapore government social media accounts on public Indonesian chat groups".

TODAY understands that the social media accounts of President Halimah Yacob, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean and Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan were among those spammed by the preacher’s supporters.

The Twitter accounts of Gov.sg and Ministry of Law, as well as the Instagram accounts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore Tourism Board, and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority were also targeted.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that Mr Somad, 44, was denied entry because he "is known to preach extremist and segregationist teachings, which are unacceptable in Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society".

This was in response to Mr Somad’s claims on Instagram and YouTube that he had been "deported" by the Singapore authorities. 

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