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Mas Selamat’s re-arrest a “significant blow” to JI

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Those who are satire-impaired should read no further than this line.  You have been warned.

For those unaware (not likely), Singapore’s most wanted man has been apprehended by Malaysia’s ISD.  As expected, the state media (in particular the State’s Times) has said that this is a “very significant blow” for the terrorist JI network, quoting security experts:

SECURITY experts applauded the arrest of Singapore’s most wanted terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari in Malaysia, saying it is a ‘very significant blow’ to the militant Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terror network.

The fugitive militant was captured on April 1 while hiding in Johor, after more than a year after he bolted from the Whitley Road Detention Centre on Feb 27 last year.

Don’t you get it?  The Singapore government planned this all along!  By detaining him once, letting him escape, and then re-arresting him, the authorities have dealt not one but two significant blows against JI, one for each arrest!  Imagine if Mas Selamat had never escaped, then it goes without saying the authorities had dealt only one blow to the regional terrorist organisation.  Oh man, I never even thought of this.  I mean, it takes absolute pure genius to conceive of such an ingenius and foolproof plan. 

And to make things better, the authorities took over a year before they apprehended him.  They allowed Jemaah Islamiyah to persist in their state of complacency, just as they’ve accused the people of doing so that Mas Selamat’s re-arrest would set their morale back even more!  Wow.  Utter genius.


Written by defennder

May 8, 2009 at 4:38 PM

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  1. Simple, it’s implicit governmental instrument: overt ideologies becoming a diffuse notion. Remember, even from my NS experience during LRI/stocktake; every flaw is first seen as a tool to glorify rather than pondering rectifications.

    But rather, I just watched the news on 5, it seems that the ‘delay’ was actually a request by M’sia to S’pore to shun information leakage so as to continue their investigations and warned that they may not cooperate leaked their “southern” counterpart if information was leaked.

    Apart from all the ‘political mystifications’, it is EXPECTED that negative issues are always pumped back to the public on a silver platter while the veil is still upon the citizens. The time when Singapore citizens fully become politically aware is only when what Ross Poole calls, “invented tradition” is critically analyzed and socially patterned. All history, calendrical events, things we take for granted in the nation state are “invented”, never ever true in its historical sense. That’s why the bulk of Singaporeans just accept it as it is and rather be anonymously critical; netizens like us?


    May 8, 2009 at 9:44 PM

  2. My opinion on this is: The Singapore govt. is overstating its role in the capture of Mas Selamat, and we don’t know for certain when Singapore’s ISD knew of his arrest. It’s unfortunate that we can’t rely on external news sources because what is known about this is known only to the intelligence services of both Singapore and Malaysia and they can choose what to reveal and how to spin the facts.

    This post does attempt to consolidate all the non-Singaporean medium reports on the MSK arrest, but the links don’t say anything we don’t already know.


    May 8, 2009 at 11:13 PM

  3. True. Well, its typical actually. We’re always given scraps instead of the whole deal, especially when it came to critical politics. I can’t seem to recall any historical events in detail but I do feel that it has been like that ever since.


    May 8, 2009 at 11:22 PM

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