Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mas Selamat

A carpet-combing manhunt at all corners of Singapore is now on!

Detained JI member Mas Selamat escaped from police custody on 27 Feb 08 (4 p.m) !

A lapse in security at the Whitley Detention Centre on Wednesday was the cause for the escape of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) member Mas Selamat Kastari.

Mas Selamat had been taken from his cell to another part of the detention centre for a visit from his family. He then asked to be allowed to visit the toilet, where he escaped. This was the second incident in recent months that serious security lapses had occurred. Just last August, National Serviceman Dave Teo Min has escaped from his military camp, armed dangerously with a M16 rifle. Nevertheless he was caught eventually.
This incident highlights that security lapses do still occur in the seemingly impenetrable fortress: the Singapore’s security system.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) were heavily mobilized and deployed to nab the dangerous criminal. The vicinity where Mas Selamat escaped was heavily guarded with hundreds of soldiers and policemen.

Lots of resources and military manpower were spent just to nab a single man, it is inconceivable to think what would happen if an adversary chooses to attack Singapore during this period while its troops were heavily deployed to nab the JI criminal.

It is a relief that the incident occurred a week after the Singapore Air Show, else bad publicity would certainly be generated to the many international media and tarnish the reputation of Singapore.

Singapore has just clinched the inaugural Youth Olympics Games, the escape of such a dangerous JI criminal as Mas Selamat would certainly tarnish Singapore’s international reputation as a safe country.

At this point in writing, it was reported the search for Selamat was called off suddenly by Mindef around 7 pm. No reason by the authorities were given.

The hunt is still on for Mas Selamat!

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