Why is Iskcon banned in Singapore?

By editor - 15.6 2022

Freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Constitution in Singapore. However, the Singapore government restricts this right under certain circumstances. The government has banned Jehovah’s Witnesses and banned the Unification Church. The government does not tolerate speech or actions that this deity may adversely affect racial or religious harmony.

Singapore was banned by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISCON) in 1970. It is still banned today. Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement along with foreign ISKCON monks, was barred from entering Singapore and all attempts by the followers to formally register the society failed.

Religious demography: About 77.8% of the resident population is ethnic Chinese, 14% ethnic Malay and 7% ethnic Indian. Almost all ethnic Malaysians are Muslims and most ethnic Indians are Hindus. The ethnic Chinese population is divided between Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity, or is non-believer.

Religious freedom status: The constitution provides for freedom of religion; However, the government restricts this right in certain circumstances. The Constitution provides that every citizen or person in the country has a constitutional right to profess, practice, or propagate his religious belief, so long as such activities violate any other law relating to public order, public health, or morality. does not violate.

There is no state religion. The government plays an active but limited role in religious matters. For example, the government seeks to ensure that citizens, most of whom live in government-built housing, have established contacts with religious organizations traditionally from their ethnic groups, who live in these housing complexes.