This is what I said:
"In the light of all the terrorist activity that's going on in the world it is only prudent that Singapore has visa restrictions on Pakistani nationals. "
I am just parroting what the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said just after September 11 2001. I quite clearly remember that the MFA said that in the light of Sept 11, citizens of Pakistan, Sudan and Saudi Arabia will now require a visa to enter Singapore, and they specifically said it was due to the increased threats to Singapore's security due to terrorism.
"I believe Singapore has this requirement for most Muslim nations in the world (like the USA) with Indonesia, Malaysia and Morocco being the exceptions"
I was just stating a fact. I did not in ANY way attack Islam or Muslims! Let me give you the facts straight from Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
The nationals of the following belong to "Assessment Level I Countries":
Visa applications by nationals of Assessment Level I countries don't need a letter of recommendation etc to enter the country. Processing time is usually 3 working days but can be done immediately if all documents are in order:
People's Republic of China (PRC
Holders of Hong Kong Document of Identity or Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Travel Permit
Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan).
This explains why B747-437B, an Indian national, can obtain his visa so quickly. As an Indian, he belongs to an "Assessment Level I" country which does not entail much scrutiny.
The nationals of the following countries belong to "Assessment Level II
" countries." Nationals of these countries must submit heaps of paperwork and undergo more scrutiny than applicants from "Assessment Level I" countries. Processing time is officially 10-20 days:
Bangladesh (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
Jordan (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
Tunisia (Except Diplomatic/Official passport holders)
Holders of Palestinian Authority Passport
Temporary Passport issued by the United Arab Emirates
Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East countries
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to realise the profile of countries that make up "Assessment Level II
Therefore, when I said that
"I believe Singapore has this requirement for most Muslim nations in the world (like the USA) with Indonesia, Malaysia and Morocco being the exceptions,"
I was just stating a fact. I didn't say I agreed with it, I didn't in any way insult Muslims.
Please enlighten me as to which part of that sentence was in ANY way offensive.
And to all the Malaysians who are bashing me, I did clearly state that Malaysia was en exception so I have no idea why you're all so annoyed.
And thank you Maskargo for you kind words regarding my country's moral education lessons. If you had a problem with ME
, you could have kept the attack to ME
. You did not, however, have to drag my entire country in.