While bragging rights to the capture of Mas Selamat is being gently disputed by our fine ISD and Malaysia’s Special Branch, the one thing that’s sure is that readers of this blog got it dead wrong over the past year. Only 10% of voters thought he’d gone to Malaysia.
Reuters’ headline for the topic of the week goes below the belt: “Singapore says militant escaped without trousers” (via I.Z. Reloaded).
They’ve said that the dude’s a master of disguise, and the first suspicious character that came to mind was “Singa The Courtesy Lion”. The resemblance is uncanny.
Ahead of today’s much anticipated report on the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari, Todayonline had an article talking about terrorism and what our fine nation’s efforts have done and not done.
It says William Dobson, “managing editor of global politics magazine Foreign Policy“ comments that “Most countries’ strategies end with arresting terrorists. However, he said, Singapore’s battle against terrorism is comprehensive and effective as it also tries to prevent extremism and attempts to reform terrorists in detention.”
See? It was always a “catch and release” program.
But the thrust of the article is of course the “C” word:
He cautioned that although Singapore has been effective in “dampening the threat of extremism”, it needs to guard against complacency. “When you’re very effective on a consistent basis, it’s easy to begin to believe that you’re relatively infallible or there are no other, better ways to do things,” he said, citing the escape of JI leader Mas Selamat Kastari as an example.
Ang Moh say what is what lor.