ISIS Supporters Name Singapore As Their Territory
The recent slate of terror attacks around the world has Singapore’s terror threat level remaining at its highest in recent years, reported TODAY.
The severity of the situation has even prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs to release an unprecedented national terrorism threat assessment report on 1 June.
Given the arrest of two police auxiliary officers and an infant-care assistant for terrorism-related activities in Singapore, it seems no longer a question of if, but when our city-state will be victim to the inhumanity that is terrorism.
Aftermath of the recent London terrorist attack
Singapore Highly Susceptible To Terrorist Attacks
An article published by The Straits Times today (22 June) revealed some blood-curdling details about the terror situation on our little red dot.
Singapore has been singled out as part of the East Asia Wilayah by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) supporters.
Wilayah literally means an administrative division in Arabic.
Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar and Japan are the other countries which ISIS supporters claim are part of its East Asia territory.
Simply put, terrorists could be encouraged to carry out attacks in the aforementioned nations in the event they are unable to find their way to join the fight in the Middle East.
Jasminder Singh, a Senior Analyst with the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) gave his thoughts on self-radicalised individuals stepping foot into our East Asia region:
“For foreign fighters coming into the region, this gives them an idea of what they will be in for, and what the targets are.”
However, ISIS has not made an official declaration as to the precise territorial boundaries that the East Asia Wilayah will encompass.
Radicalised Individuals In Singapore
It appears the problem may be closer to home than one would expect.
About 2 weeks ago, Singapore detained its first female citizen for radicalism under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
22-year-old Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, who used to be a contract infant-care assistant started her radicalisation in 2013.
She was propagandized by online content featuring ISIS.
Last month, two Singaporean auxiliary police officers were arrested for terrorism-related offences.
Report Suspected Radicals
It’s best we heed the advice of the Ministry of Home Affairs:
“It is “imperative” for family members and friends to raise to the authorities anyone they suspect of being radicalised or who is planning terror activities, to make Singapore safer in the face of the heightened terrorism threat worldwide.”
Singapore hasn’t been hit by acts of terror for a considerable period of time and we may be taking our peace and security for granted.
Here’s a reminder for us to remain vigilant and report any terrorist-related activities.