The father of the first woman who was detained under the ISA has expressed regret for not reporting her to the authorities. Mr Manaf did not seek help as he thought his daughter was getting better after she started watching movies and stopped wearing the niqab – a full veil that only leaves the eyes visible. He said she was good at hiding whatever she was doing.
It was only until she was called up for investigations did he realise that she got worse. Mr Manaf also regrets throwing away his daughter’s documents which detailed her plans to move to Syria. He said he did that out of frustration and disgust. “This should not have happened. I really regret it,” he said.
Now that he regrets it, he is encouraging other people who face similar problems to alert the authorities or the Religious Rehabilitation Group once they notice suspicious changes in someone. “To other parents, this comes from the bottom of my heart. If you see any sudden changes, et cetera, contact the authorities. If not (the authorities), contact RRG,” he said.
Sigh, what a painful lesson.