Indonesian celebrity preacher Abdul Somad can either be charismatic or controversial, depending on who you ask. But Singapore is apparently not a fan of his colorful preachings that they denied him and his party entry into the Little Red Dot, reportedly due to his “extremist and segregationist teachings,” an affront to the city-state’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. Was the reaction a bit extreme or warranted? Coconuts Singapore’s Carolyn Teo weighs in. Tune in!
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