In May 2015, a Singaporean youth was
arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) to facilitate investigations
into the extent of his radicalisation.
After investigations, he has been released from custody and placed on a
Restriction Order (RO) under the ISA for two years from June 2015.
have shown that the 17-year-old youth had become radicalised after viewing
videos, websites and social media materials propagated by radical ideologues
and terrorist elements. He had wanted to
engage in armed violence alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
and had started making preparations to carry out his plans.
is required to abide by conditions specified in the RO upon his release from
custody. He will have to attend religious counselling and has to stop accessing
violent or extremist online material. He will not be allowed to leave Singapore
without permission or to issue public statements. His release on an RO, with
conditions attached, provides a balance between rehabilitation and preserving
public security. Further measures will be taken against him if he breaches the
conditions of the RO, or if it is assessed that further measures are needed to
protect public security.
members, friends, colleagues and members of the public have an important role
to play in protecting fellow Singaporeans from radicalisation and
terrorism. Anyone who knows or suspects
that someone they know is radicalised should promptly call the ISD
Counter-Terrorism Centre hotline 1800-2626-473 (1800-2626-ISD). This could save such individuals and allow
them to be helped and counselled, so that they are prevented from engaging in
violent activities that may cause harm to themselves and others.