Tag Archives: ISA

PRO-ISIS TEENS KANA ISA FOR PLOTTING TERROR ATTACKS IN SINGAPORE

A Singaporean youth has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for terrorism-related activities since April this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced on Wednesday (May 27). Additionally, another youth was arrested in May under the ISA for further investigations into the extent of his radicalisation. The youth detained since April, M Arifil Azim Putra Norja'i, a 19-year-old post-secondary student, is the first known self-radicalised Singaporean to harbour the intention to carry out violent attacks in Singapore, said MHA. Investigations showed that he had made plans to join the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and that his radicalisation began around 2013 when he started viewing terrorist propaganda online, said MHA.

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TEO SOH LUNG: THE FEAR IS DEAD, ABOLISH THE ISA

Realising that fear was the reason which prevented me from giving an honest answer to the journalists, I suddenly felt liberated. It was as if a heavy load was lifted. I immediately resolved that the next person who asked me if I was going to Parliament House to pay my respect, I would let it be known that I do not respect a leader who imprisoned citizens without trial, who caused so much suffering to those imprisoned, their families and their friends.

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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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MINISTER MASAGOS: S’PORE HAS REHABILITATED & RELEASED 57 TERROR SUSPECTS, 9 REMAIN IN CUSTODY

Thirteen years ago, Singapore rounded up 13 men in its first terrorism-related detentions and foiled a Jemaah Islamiah (JI) plot to bomb key spots. Today, just nine of the 66 men detained over the years for terrorism-related activities remain in custody, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Masagos Zulkifli told The Straits Times. He gave this update in an interview where he touched on Singapore's rehabilitation efforts, which have attracted attention from several countries.

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HO KWON PING: THE NEXT 50 YEARS IN SINGAPORE POLITICS

Singapore achieved its enviable, probably unrivalled record of incorruptibility largely because Mr Lee Kuan Yew set a tone of governance which equated to an almost ascetic personal lifestyle. If future political leaders become blase about corruption, accepting it perhaps as part of the general cynicism of the New Normal, and value their occupation as similar to that of the well-paid investment bankers against whom their pay is benchmarked, rather than as an almost-sacred mission, then Singapore indeed will no longer be exceptional.

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Govt detains without trial S’poreans: No outrage meh activists?

The coming deafening silence [referring to Dan Tan's case] of the usual human rights kay pohs will tell us a lot of their prejudices: they are supportive of FT drug mules, and middle class anti-PAP activists. But not working class criminal suspects (no-one is complaining that Vui Kong’s alleged drug lord is held under ISA CLTPA) or those whom the govt alleges are Islamic radicals. Touch a FT or a middle class anti-PAP activist, and the screams will be deafening, even if it’s juz a policeman paying a home visit.

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Mas Selamat’s son detained for two years

The son of Singapore Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leader Mas Selamat Kastari has been detained on a two-year Order of Detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for his involvement in the organisation. The Ministry of Home Affairs said today (Jan 9) that Masyhadi Mas Selamat, 25, was placed under detention on Nov 21 last year. He was arrested in Indonesia on Oct 20 and deported to Singapore later that month. Masyhadi was schooled in JI religious schools in Indonesia from age 13 and underwent paramilitary training there when he was older. He formally became a member of the JI terrorist organisation when he turned 21. Among other things, he conducted JI surveillance activities and disseminated radical propaganda online in support of jihadist violence.

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