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S'porean housewife detained under ISA as radical behaviour escalates

09/06/2021 03:36 PM

By Massita Ahmad

SINGAPORE, June 9 --  A 34-year old Singaporean housewife and former part-time freelance religious teacher was issued an Order of Detention (OD), under the Singapore Internal Security Act (ISA) in April 2021.

Ruqayyah Ramli was previously issued with a Restriction Order (RO) under the ISA in August 2020, after she was found to have been radicalised by her husband, said ISD in its website today.

Her husband,Mohd Firdaus Kamal Intdzam, a Malaysian, was repatriated in August 2020.

According to the Department, investigations at the time established that she had supported Firdaus’ intention to join and fight for the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

She was willing to accompany him to the conflict zone, where she intended to take care of the family and assist wounded ISIS fighters, ISD said.

However, ISD said since being placed on RO, there has been an escalation in Ruqayyah’s radical behaviour and involvement in activities prejudicial to Singapore’s security.

“Ruqayyah has refused to make any genuine effort to participate in the rehabilitation programme, and remains entrenched in her radical beliefs.

“She continues to support ISIS’s violent actions and believes in the use of violence against the perceived enemies of Islam,” said the Department.

Further, in contravention of her RO condition, ISD said she persisted in communicating online with overseas ISIS supporters who were associates of Firdaus.

Ruqayyah was thus detained to prevent her from progressing further down the violent radical path, it said.

A person issued with a RO must abide by several conditions and restrictions, among others, the individual cannot access the Internet or social media, issue public statements, address public meetings or print, distribute, contribute to any publication, hold office in, or be a member of any organisation, association or group, without the approval of ISD Director.    


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