9 Feb 2006

Danes Not Welcome In Singapore Coffee Shop

Muslim cafe owner angry enough to bar customers; but police demand sign be removed.

By Satirat Dam-ampai of ScandAsia

After the furore over the published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed made it to Singapore, a coffee shop there has put up a sign saying that Danish citizens were not welcome.

The sign, which said “Citizens of Denmark are not welcomed in Samar till further notice” was displayed at the entrance and also inside of the Samar café on Friday 3 February, 2006. However the sign was removed on Monday 6 after the owner of the shop was ordered by the police to do so. He has also been ordered to go to a police station for questioning.

The café supervisor Saiful Bahari told TMCNet News, "Basically we did it to express our freedom of speech because the cartoons touched on Islam and our beloved Prophet Muhammad. As a Muslim, I do feel angry with what happened as it was totally insensitive."

This cafe is located in the heavily Arab commercial area of Singapore and is owned by a Singapore citizen of Arab descent.

Last week, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, a governmental agency under the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, denounced the publication of the cartoons, claiming that they were intended to incite Muslim anger unnecessarily.

However, there have been no street protests in Singapore, mainly because public protests are outlawed.

Created 2006-02-08


Anonymous said...

ST Sports Headlines dd 9.2.06

"IOC Congress 2009
Sg's bid among six turned down as surprise selection made amid cartoon furore"

Can we afford to lose more economic incomes or business profit?

akikonomu said...

What's the matter, don't dare to post the photo of the sign?

rench00 said...

now aren't we all happy that protests are illegal in Singapore? and that our media is so well-regulated that such things that would incited violent reactions won't be shown/printed? :)

Anonymous said...

Even for activities that would not incite violent reactions, such as white elephant signs and sale of related T-shirts are also deemed "illegal"?????? How to explain this?.......overly "kiasu"