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  • Commnunist Party of Malaya – CPM killer squads targeted policemen, government officials…
  • Indonesian Confrontation – One of the bombs they planted killed three people on 10 March 1965.


  • the Angkatan Revolusi Tentara Islam Singapore (ARTIS) – They got people ready to fight by spreading rumours of race riots.
  • the Nanyang Siang Pau Chinese newspaper – tried to stir up Chinese feelings against the Government in the early 1970s.
  • the Singapore People’s Liberation Organisation – hatched a plan to sabotage the Port of Singapore warehouses, PAP brances, cinemas, CCs and shoppping complexes.
  • In 1974 – Four terroriests bombed oiltanks in the Shell oil refinery on Pulau Bukom…
  • In 1991 – four terroirists hijacked a Singaporea Airlines plane, SQ117, from KL to Singapore.

  • In 1980s – Singapore was used to support the objectives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
  • In 2001 to 2002 :- 36 persons were arrested for involvement in terrorism related activities.
    – The JI members had bomb-making instructions, photos and videos of local targest such as
    Yishun MRT station, Changi Naval Base and water pipelines….
  • In late 1970s – a code clerk working in the Singapore Embassy in Moscow, was seduced by a Soviet spy
  • In the 1980s – a soviet intelligence officer made friends with an SAF officer…bribed him into giving
    secret information on the SAF
  • In 1997 – a woman civil servant was detained for passing on classified government info to a man working for a foriegn intelligence service.
  • In 1998 – four Singaporean men were detained for collecting classified government info for a foreign intelligence service.


  • The ISA allows the Government to detain a person who poses an active threat to Singapore without going to court for a period of up to two years (this detention is reviewed by an Advisory Board appointed by the President under the Constitution of Singapore)

  • ‘Preventive detention’ – used only as a last resort.
  • The ISA can be traced back to the Emergency Regulations introduced in 1948 – they were used to deal with communists, terrorists and subversives as well as with racial and religious extremists.
  • The other powers of the ISA – prosecute those who spread false information to cause public alarm.

  • As Singapore does not have laws to deal with subversion and racial and religious extremism, the ISA is used to deal with these problems too.
  • The other powers of the ISA -prosecute those who spread false information to cause public alarm.


  • The power of preventive detention in the ISA is used when prosecution is not practical and the threat is eral and must be dealt with.
  • Whenever possible, the Government will charge and prosecute an ISA offender under another related law.
  • the ISA is used sparingly and only when there is no better option

  • If the offence is not serious enough for an Order of Detention, a Restriction Order may be issued instead and the person is released but placed under some restrictions.

  •  Detainees have the right to be represented by a lawyer of their choice..
  •  Detainees are not held in secret detention. Family members are informed and are assisted by a family support and liaison officer.