During his speech at the opening of the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security summit, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed that 19-year-old student M Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i who was detained last month was planning to kill President Tony Tan Keng Yam and himself if Arifil could not leave Singapore for Syria to join the ISIS terror group.
This revelation comes two days after the Ministry of Home Affairs announced it had detained M Arifil Azim Putra Norja’i, and arrested another 17-year-old student, both who were radicalized by ISIS propaganda online.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Arifil gave considerable thought as to how he would attack key facilities and assassinate government leaders, but the authorities did not go into details of Arifil’s plans.
Because of the latest developments, Lee Hsien Loong reiterated why Singapore takes terrorism, and in particular ISIS, very, very seriously. He also stressed that the threat is no longer over there, it is over here.