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April 25, 2008

Mas Selamat Kastari's Pictures In Singapore Parks: Facing Up To Security, Safety, Civic Duty And Other Realities

Mas Selamat Kastari’s Pictures In Singapore Parks: Facing Up To Security, Safety, Civic Duty And Other Realities

Soon after Mas Selamat Kastari's escape on 27 Feb 2008 from the Whitley Road Detention Centre, I believed that it might have been a well-planned, well-executed flight to freedom with the aid of his Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) cell. With the recent revelations that broke in Parliament, I admit to being shocked by the degree of lapses. My empathy for those responsible for the escape cannot change the fact that Mas Selamat Kastari is still on the run.

What has all this to do with SeenThisSceneThat?
Because I am passionate about the many places of interest that I visit in Singapore, I realize that I (and many of my readers) am now at long-term risk of being confronted by the dangers posed by a person who allegedly headed the JI’s Singapore network. As I pull the wool from my eyes, the reality is clear that the chance of his capture is also turning dimmer with each passing day.

Even with an escaped terrorist hiding within the shores of Singapore, life must still be lived to the fullest. This event has not put me off my visits to the beautiful parks, reservoirs, gardens and places of interest that I love in Singapore. The greater care that I will observe will be increased vigilance, and using common sense.

How To Move On From Now
Be alert to any person who resembles that in the photograph above.
Report to police if you see anyone bearing similar facial features.
The telephone number to call is 999.
Or email spf_police_information [at] spf [dot] gov [dot] sg
Report any theft of food, drinks, money, clothes, transport means (bicycle, car, boat) to the police.
Do not confront any suspect without police assistance.
Do not wander into isolated areas alone.
Inform your next-of-kin about your whereabouts and estimated time of return.
Bring a handphone with you at all times to call for help if necessary.

The battle against terrorism may have been lost with this escape, but everyone from the Minister down to common folks like us must buckle down for the larger war. Until his eventual capture, which I still believe is possible, I will be taking these precautions whenever I go for my visits.

Take care!

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Martin said...

I enjoyed reading over your blog. Singapore is on my list of places to see. Hopefully soon.
BOL Martin.

Seen This Scene That said...

Hi Martin,
Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I find Melbourne one of the best cities I enjoyed on my visit there more than 5 years ago.

Stardust said...

You're right. Life's got to go on despite undesirable mistakes. Glad that you're enjoying life as always. =)

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