28 September 2017
Counterfeit Lego sets sold in Singapore depicting ISIS terrorists have been taken off the shelves.
The toys, which were sold at a local retail store and on e-commerce sites, were removed after concerns were raised that they could lead to the glorification of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terror group.
Professor Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR), said that the sale of such toys may “glorify ISIS” and promote incitement to hatred. The sales of such toys should be stopped, he said.
“The vendors need to be engaged to ensure they do not deliberately or ignorantly promote ISIS,” he added.
Mr Remy Mahzam, an associate research fellow at ICPVTR, said the misuse of religious words or symbols such as “Allah” and “Muhammad” in these toys is “very problematic”.
“It touches on religious sensitivities and sheds a negative light on Muslims,” he said.
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Last updated on 28/09/2017