Today, Teo Siao Lang really make me confused. She say cannot anyhow arrest 2 JI member because they fled Singapore in 2001 before ISD went around rounding up the JI.
She okay or not? Two senior JI members, trained to be ninja kamakazi warriors in Afghanistan, fighting for number one bad ass AQ terrorist organisation, can be pardoned because they managed to escape capture? Oh they VOLUNTARILY come back so we forgive and forget?
With this special logic, MSK is political exile twice over. How dare the ISD keep him in detention! Don’t you know he is Singapore’s Dalai Lama? Why stop there, Took Leng How, murdered Huang Na, escaped to Malaysia, chose to return home too. He must be Singapore’s Thaksin Shinawatra?
I stand corrected. Last year I said every-mother-son agrees with terrorist being locked away. Apparently granny Teo disagress!! Can’t really blame her. She is still stuck in 1987.
[…] MHA’s press release claims that both Abd Rahim and Husaini “were senior members of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist organisation. They had undergone terrorist training in Afghanistan with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation in 1999/2000. They had also been actively involved in reconnoitring several potential local and foreign targets in Singapore for the purpose of a terrorist attack. Both men had fled Singapore in Dec 2001 soon after the commencement of the security operation against the JI and took refuge overseas. While on the run, Husaini was involved in the plot led by Singapore JI leader Mas Selamat bin Kastari to hijack an airplane destined for Singapore and crash it into Changi Airport in Jan 2001, to retaliate against the disruption of the Singapore JI network.”
It is clear that if Abd Rahim and Husaini had not fled Singapore in Dec 2001, they would have been arrested and may still be in prison today. They fled and became political exiles but chose to return home after 10 years. Their arrests serves as a reminder to all political exiles that returning to Singapore may cost them their freedom no matter how long their exile is.
The allegation against Abd Rahim and Husaini is not that they are present JI members but that they were senior members of JI. The ISA is thus used as if it is a piece of criminal legislation where an offender can be prosecuted for offences committed decades past. The grave distinction however is that under the ISA, there is no charge and no trial.
As in the past, MHA’s press release and the press reported the arrests of Abd Rahim and Husaini as if the two were guilty of the serious crimes alleged against them. They “were two senior JI members” and went to Afghanistan for “terrorist training with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation.”