Detention without trial under the ISA today

In Oct 2016, I wrote this article for TOC [LINK]. The information in that article is still relevant. Six of the prisoners listed in the article have been released. However, more have been arrested and detained since then. The number today is 156 people under the law. They are all Muslims.

Three of the men who were arrested in 2001 and 2002 are still in prison. We do not know the reason why they are still being held. Alleged to have planned the bombing of embassies in Singapore in 2001, the government has not disclosed any evidence to support their claims.

The world criticised America for torturing prisoners in Guantanamo. We know that several of the prisoners who were released to their home countries have spoken up and received compensation from their government. Not so in Singapore. The three who were detained since 2001/2002 have largely been forgotten. The world do not know their existence.

There are about 20 ISA detainees today. This number has not been confirmed by the Ministry of Home Affairs despite requests to do so. All of them have been gazetted by the Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law as terrorists. This is despite the fact that no weapon of mass destruction have been produced and Singapore is still a peaceful country.

Detention without trial should not be used by any democratic country which subscribes to the rule of law. Detainees should be charged in open court.

But Singapore is not a signatory to the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural as well as the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. I doubt it will ever sign any of these instruments for the protection of human rights, at least not during my lifetime.

Despite Singapore’s capability of tracking people with its thousands of cameras, tracking and listening devices, it does not have confidence in releasing these prisoners. Or is the government being mean or under pressure from some powerful country?

 

Teo Soh Lung

 

 

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7 Responses to “Detention without trial under the ISA today”

  • CCS talking cock. Again:

    Straits Times: Singapore’s openness to world will never change: Chan Chun Sing assures foreign businesses over anti-foreigner sentiments

    CCS is being arrogant and presumptuous (again) by saying “never”. He assumes for a fact that PRO-ALIEN PAP party will always be in power.

    Woody Goh exempted foreigners from CPF in 1995 when he was PM likely because he was told LKY to do it to ensure GDP growth (LKY’s “religion”). LHL made it easy to grow GDP when he took over as PM in 2004 by lifting the controls on foreigners working in the country. He kept it secret until it was made public by Woody Goh during the GE2011 campaigning because he knew he was SCREWING Singaporeans. The result was thousands of Singaporeans PMETs losing (and continuing to lose) their job to foreigners.

    When the pandemic hit pro-alien PAP could have helped Singaporeans get/keep jobs by sending home foreigners working in Singapore. But it didn’t. It “tweaked” the qualifying pay for Employment Pass and S-pass and talked about training. These are typical PAP “spin”. They are useless because employers are retrenching, not hiring staff, not even better trained ones in an economic downturn.

    Cancelling the Employment Pass or S-Pass of foreigners working in Singapore is GUARANTEED to create jobs for Singaporeans. It is cheapest and most effective solution to job problem facing many Singaporeans today.

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  • uselesstankl:

    Meanwhile, activist and author Jolene Tan highlighted that “every person subject to police interview should have the right to immediate access to legal counsel” including work permit holders.

    Commenting on Mr Ng’s parliamentary question on allowing work permit holders to have access to “Appropriate Adult Scheme” in police interviews, Ms Tan said that getting a neutral party for the suspect is “totally inadequate”.

    XXXX

    THIS SHOWS OUR POLICE AND LAWS MADE BY PAP,

    WANTS TO INCARCERATE ” YOU ”

    NO MATTER WHAT, IRREGARDLESS OF PROOFS, CHARGES, AND THE LIKES…..

    POLICE STATE, YOU ARE RIGHT,,,,,,,,

    DICTATOR STATE, YOU ARE RIGHT,,,,,

    INVESTORS ” BEWARE ”

    Repeat,

    ” INVESTORS, BEWARE ”

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  • Rejoinder to Ms. Teo:

    (However, more have been arrested and detained since then. The number today is 156 people under the law. They are all Muslims. Three of the men who were arrested in 2001 and 2002 are still in prison. We do not know the reason why they are still being held. Alleged to have planned the bombing of embassies in Singapore in 2001, the government has not disclosed any evidence to support their claims.)

    It is saddening and tragic indeed that there exist individuals who will conceive and devise ways and means to terrorize other human beings to accomplish their political ideologies. It is the pure evil of their masters which has overwhelmed their reason and emotions with falsehoods and negativities. It is Satanic …

    In the Name of God Most Compassionate All-Merciful

    Almighty God declares that none is worthy of worship except Him, as also do the angels, and those endowed with knowledge who stand firmly for justice.
    (Qur’an 3:18).

    Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said: “You will never enter into Paradise until you have faith and you will not complete your faith until you love on another … Who is the most favored creature of God? It is that one from whom the greatest good comes to the Lord’s creatures.”

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  • NobodyCares:

    You have no choice, so long as the “house of your lord” continues its course, and this apply world wide as cities crumble in their politics.

    Salvation is for the world or we shall eat more popcorn.

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  • TreCensorShip:

    https://apple.news/AEeGWztiwSqiwClYBfEv1ew

    Can we REALLY get rid of covid 19

    With the kind of ” MEDIOCRE ” ministers from

    Malaysia ???

    Look what MDM Saw did to our disrupted MRT system for years !!!

    Why did gov bring in all these MEFIOCRE minister from Malaysia, India, China, Indonesia, etc etc ???

    Why ????

    Why ????

    Sinkues are no talent as LKY said ?

    Or, lee regime is trying to kill off our talents ???

    With imports from PRC, India, Burma, Filipinos, Malaysian Chinese into our unis…

    Free education and hostel and $800 to live on

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  • All pap ministers r FREAK:

    Just today (2 Oct), a joint statement issued by the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), Amnesty International, Article 19, CIVICUS, Forum Asia, Human Rights Watch, and Scholars at Risk urged the Singapore Government to drop its police report against New Naratif.

    ZZZZZ

    INVESTORS, BEWARE !!!!

    YOUR INVESTMENT IS NOT SAFE !!!!

    GO ELSWHERE WITH YOUR PRECIOUS $$$€€€¥¥¥

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  • Regime change is possible:

    CCS talking cock. Again:
    Straits Times: Singapore’s openness to world will never change: Chan Chun Sing assures foreign businesses over anti-foreigner sentiments

    CCS is being arrogant and presumptuous (again) by saying “never”. He assumes for a fact that PRO-ALIEN PAP party will always be in power.

    Woody Goh exempted foreigners from CPF in 1995 when he was PM likely because he was told LKY to do it to ensure GDP growth (LKY’s “religion”). LHL made it easy to grow GDP when he took over as PM in 2004 by lifting the controls on foreigners working in the country. He kept it secret until it was made public by Woody Goh during the GE2011 campaigning because he knew he was SCREWING Singaporeans. The result was thousands of Singaporeans PMETs losing (and continuing to lose) their job to foreigners.

    When the pandemic hit pro-alien PAP could have helped Singaporeans get/keep jobs by sending home foreigners working in Singapore. But it didn’t. It “tweaked” the qualifying pay for Employment Pass and S-pass and talked about training. These are typical PAP “spin”. They are useless because employers are retrenching, not hiring staff, not even better trained ones in an economic downturn.

    Cancelling the Employment Pass or S-Pass of foreigners working in Singapore is GUARANTEED to create jobs for Singaporeans. It is cheapest and most effective solution to job problem facing many Singaporeans today.

    Even the late LKY believed the PAP will someday be voted out. That is why
    the Elected President post was created to protect reserves.

    CCS is using his cock instead of his brains, if he has any, to do his thinking.

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