5 DOMESTIC HELPERS WERE PREVIOUSLY INVESTIGATED FOR RADICALISM

The Indonesian who was arrested in Jakarta for a foiled suicide attack using a 3kg homemade bomb had previously worked in Singapore as a domestic helper from 2008 to 2009.

But, she might not be the last of her kind.

The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement released today that 5 domestic helpers were among about 70 foreigners investigated and deported for suspected radicalism from 2015 to 2016. Although all five were radicalised, they “did not pose an imminent security threat at the time of investigation”.

The Indonesian authorities arrested Dian Yuli Novi, 27, over a foiled suicide attack using a 3kg homemade pressure-cooker bomb at the presidential palace during its change of guard ceremony on Dec 11.

The MHA statement said Dian had worked in Singapore as a maid between 2008 and 2009, but she did not show signs of being radicalised during that time.

A majority of the 70 foreigners investigated were radicalised through their exposure to radical propaganda on social media, while some in turn radicalised others using such propaganda, said the MHA.

“None of them had any plans to carry out acts of violence in Singapore at the time they were investigated, but as they were in various stages of radicalism, their presence posed a security concern for Singapore. Consequently, they were deported after the authorities in their home countries were informed of their cases,” it said.

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