SINGAPORE - Singaporeans planning to join or help the Middle East terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) will face the full extent of the law, warned Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday.
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The following is an excerpt of the speech DPM Teo delivered at Parliament today:
Security Measures to Deal with Local Sympathisers and Fighters
Our security agencies are working with our security partners to monitor the situation in Syria and Iraq closely through the exchange of information, and will cooperate with them to counter the threat posed by foreign terrorists to Singapore.
At the same time, we are taking measures to prevent Singaporeans from getting involved in the violence there or from carrying out activities in support of ISIL. We have co-sponsored the United Nations Security Council resolution on foreign terrorist fighters that requires all nations to adopt laws that would make it a serious crime for their nationals to, among others, join extremist groups such as ISIL and AQ affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
Any Singaporean who assists, supports, promotes or joins violent organisations like ISIL would have demonstrated a dangerous tendency to support the use of violence. Such a person poses a real threat to Singapore's national security, and will be dealt with in accordance with our laws.
Our approach will be carefully calibrated to the specifics of each case. Where necessary, the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be used in order to pre-empt and neutralise these terrorism threats to the security of our citizens and our country. A handful of Singaporeans have gone to Syria to take part in the fight and are last known to still be there. We will continue to investigate anyone who expresses support for terrorism or an interest to pursue violence.