Home News Radicalised Singaporean featured in ISIS recruitment video

Radicalised Singaporean featured in ISIS recruitment video

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

By Phyllis Lee

The first known case of a Singaporean fighter being featured on a private recruitment video from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made its rounds online.

Released by ISIS’s media arm, Al Hayat Media Centre, the 3-minute-and-30-second video shows a fighter dressed in camouflage military attire identifying himself as “Abu Uqayl from Singapore”, and propagandising Muslims to join ISIS.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) believes that the fighter is Singaporean Megat Shahdan bin Abdul Samad, 39.

- Advertisement -

In a statement released yesterday (Sept 24), MHA added that local security agencies have been aware of his presence in Syria, and have been monitoring his activities for some time now.

Shahdan left Singapore in 2014 to work in the Middle East, where he was believed to have been radicalised. He subsequently made his way to Syria to join ISIS, and is believed to still be there with the group.

MHA said that it had previously shared Shahdan’s case confidentially with Singapore’s community leaders.

“Anyone who is in contact with him or knows of anyone in touch with him should report it to the authorities,” the ministry urged.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam said that “over time, we must assume more of this will happen.”

“We have to think of ways of dealing with radicalisation of Singaporeans, that could take place outside Singapore, particularly in countries where the possibilities of radicalisation are higher,” he stated.

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Mixed reactions to Shanmugam’s promise to install ‘many more’ police cameras across Singapore

Singapore—Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam said in Parliament on Monday (March 1) that many more cameras will be installed in Singapore in addition to the 90,000 already located in public places such as car parks, neighbourhood centres and Housing...

‘Can we get a breakdown on those numbers?’ asks PSP’s Kumaran Pillai

Singapore — Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) Kumaran Pillai took to Facebook on Monday (Mar 1) to clarify his party's position. He made it clear the PSP did not want to close the Singapore economy but wanted a breakdown of the number...

Father tells daughter $650 monthly allowance is not enough and threatens to sue

  Bullied by her father who wants more money, a woman is asking how much children should give their parents once they start working. The post has gone viral. It was submitted to the anonymous confessions platform, the NUSwhispers Facebook page. NUSwhispers cannot...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent