Islamic State: 4 S’poreans dealt with under ISA

Internal Security Act (ISA)SINGAPORE: Four Singaporeans were dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) this month for their involvement in terrorism-related activities.

In a statement issued on its website today, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that two were issued with Orders of Detention (OD) while the other two were issued with Restriction Orders (RO).

Rosli Hamzah, 50, a car washer, was issued with an OD for a period of two years.

In July this year, the MHA said he was stopped for investigation when he returned from Batam, Indonesia, after visiting his Indonesian wife and children there, and was subsequently arrested under the ISA.

Rosli started listening to a Batam-based religious radio station, Radio Hang, in 2009, and in August/September 2014, was introduced to radical materials promoting the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) through social media contacts who shared his religious orientation.

At the time of his arrest, the MHA said he still harboured the intent to engage in armed violence in Syria.

Another OD was issued to Mohamed Omar Mahadi, 33, for a period of two years.

He had been making preparations with his wife to go to Syria with their children to join IS.

MHA noted that there is no evidence at this point that their children were radicalised.

In 2010, Mohamed Omar, a waste truck driver, started to listen to the same Batam-based religious radio station that Rosli listened to.

In preparation for his travel to Syria to join IS, Omar memorised the bai’ah (pledge of allegiance) which he intended to take to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In his view, he and his wife would have to carry out any assignments IS had for them once he had taken the bai’ah, said the statement.

Meanwhile, a RO was issued against Dian Faezah Ismail, 34, the wife of Mohamed Omar for a period of two years.

She has moderated her views and will be undergoing religious counselling.

Another RO was issued against Mohamad Reiney Noor Mohd, 26, a building technician, for a period of two years.

Reiney’s positive views about IS were moderated after he read negative reports about the group.

He will undergo religious counselling while on RO, said the MHA.