Minister for Home Affairs stated that there were seven foreign domestic workers in Singapore who were found to have been radicalised through the internet in the past two years.
This is his response to questions filed on 9 January by Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef, MP for Marine Parade GRC, who asked the Minister for Home Affairs if he can give an update on the reported radicalisation of some foreign domestic workers in Singapore and what is the Ministry’s approach on handling this issue as well as planned future interventions.
The Minister said that the seven people did not initially have plans to carry out acts of violence in Singapore at the time they were investigated. However, their interactions with others showed that they had bought into radical ideologies and were on a dangerous path.
“Their presence in Singapore posed a security concern. They were repatriated to their home countries,” he said.
Mr Shanmugam said that security agencies will continue to monitor the situation closely and will investigate individuals in Singapore who are suspected of being radicalised, both foreign and local.
He added that as part of the global counter-terrorism effort, agencies actively share intelligence with foreign security partners to tackle this transnational threat.
However, he said that the public must also play a part in protecting Singapore against the terrorism threat. The public should promptly alert the authorities if they notice signs that someone is becoming radicalised.
However, he did not answer the question on what is the Ministry’s approach on handling this issue as well as planned future interventions.