INTERNAL SECURITY ACT

3 S'POREANS & 1 PRC NEW CITIZEN DETAINED UNDER ISA FOR JOINING ARMED CONFLICT OVERSEAS

The Ministry of Home Affairs announced that 3 Singaporeans have been arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for taking part in armed conflicts overseas. Meanwhile, a fourth man, a new citizen from China was also arrested for wanting to fight with the Kurdish militia group against the Islamic State terror group. The first two Singaporeans detained were 27 year old Mohammad Razif Yahya and 53 year old Amiruddin Sawir. They had taken up arms and participated in Yemen's sectarian conflict by taking up sentry duties at the religious madrasah they were studying at. They were to fire at any incursions by the Shiite Houthis. Razif was trained as a sniper in Yemen while Amiruddin was armed with an AK-47 and participated in a fire-fight.

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27 RADICALISED BANGLA WORKERS ARRESTED UNDER ISA FOR PLANNING OVERSEAS TERROR ATTACKS

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced today that 27 Bangladeshi construction workers were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) after they were found out to be planning armed jihad overseas and in their homeland. This is the first reported instance of foreigners being arrested for wanting to prepare attacks overseas. The men were arrested between 16 Nov 2015 and 1 Dec 2015 last year.

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PARIS TERROR: DO LIBERALS STILL CRY TO ABOLISH S'PORE'S INTERNAL SECURITY ACT?

There has been a noticeable silence from liberals in the wake of the Paris massacre. We do not hear the usual cry to abolish the Internal Security Act and the concomitant State power to detain without trial, to abandon capital punishment and to champion freedom of expression. Where have all the liberals gone? Gone to try quiet places with heads turned away from the nasty reality that there are bad people willing and capable of doing bad things. Really bad. And no amount of high flown rhetoric or rational debate will stay their hand.

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DAUGHTER OF ISA DETAINEE SAYS HER FATHER FORGIVES LEE KUAN YEW

In 1978, I saw Dad handcuffed and led into our home by a team of officers from the Internal Security Department. I was 8 years old. And the entire episode unfolded before me like an extremely bad B-grade movie that did not seem to have a proper beginning or an ending. The sketchy storyline went like this for an 8 year old. Dad was involved in “political discussions” with a group of lawyers who took a pro-Communist stand. He had to be punished for having an opinion that was not aligned to our government’s stand.

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READER CONTRIBUTION: HO KWON PING GIVING UP ON LEFTIST IDEALS?

Dear Editor, I attended Ho Kwon Ping's inaugural IPS lecture, where Ho spoke of the future of Singapore, the PAP and the ISA. Ho was a former detainee under the ISA in 1977 who succeeded in life despite his detention. Surely he would have some enlightening advice for aspiring human rights activists in Singapore. I was wrong.

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CURRENT CHECKS ON ISA ARE INSUFFICIENT, SAYS EX-POLITICAL DETAINEE

Businessman Ho Kwon Ping has called for limits to Singapore's Internal Security Act (ISA), under which people can be detained without trial if they are deemed to pose a threat to national security. The one-time political detainee also called for the phasing out of caning and capital punishment, and the introduction of National Service for new male citizens and Singaporean women.

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NEW SINGAPORE CITIZEN TRAVELS TO SYRIA TO UNDERTAKE VIOLENCE

A Singaporean man is being investigated for allegedly going to Syria "with the intention to undertake violence" in the ongoing armed conflict there, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a media statement on Saturday. Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali, a 37-year-old supermarket manager, is a former Indian national who obtained his Singapore citizenship in 2008. A member of the public informed the authorities of his alleged travel to Syria after he had already left Singapore.

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