Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SDP - A gathering of shady and doubtful characters?

Recent news have seem to shown that it is not just SDP's leader, Chee Soon Juan, that has a dubious character but it turns out that some of their party members seem to have similar traits too.

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Would this make SDP as an example of how "Birds of a feather flock together"?

Two recent cases involving SDP party members seem to underscore this. 

The first case involved Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek, 29, who was an active youth member assigned to the SDP's Economic Committee.

SDP has confirmed that one of the two self-radicalized Singaporeans (Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek) detained under the Internal Security Act for involvement in terrorism-related activities was an active youth member assigned to the party's Economic Committee.


2 self-radicalised Singaporeans detained under ISA

CNA - POSTED: 30 Sep 2015 16:01 UPDATED: 30 Sep 2015 23:56 

Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS and teenager Muhammad Harith Jailani tried to radicalise those around him to support ISIS' cause, the Ministry of Home Affairs says.

Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek, 29, and Muhammad Harith Jailani, 18, were detained in August this year. Investigations showed that they had harboured the intention to make their way to Syria to join the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and engage in violence there, MHA said.

Shamin was influenced by ISIS’s online radical propaganda and was earlier convicted and sentenced to three months’ jail under Section 267C of the Penal Code for inciting religious violence through his pro-ISIS postings on social media. MHA said he continued to express support for ISIS throughout his three-month imprisonment and was thus arrested under the ISA in July this year to assess if he posed a threat to Singapore's security.

Subsequent investigations by the Internal Security Department showed that Shamin planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS once he had raised enough money to fund the trip.

Shamin had also decided that if he was unable to join ISIS, he would consider fighting alongside a regional militant group that he considered to be aligned with ISIS. "He was undeterred by his arrest under the ISA and said he would pursue his plans to join ISIS after his release from detention. Shamin said he was prepared to die in the course of defending the ‘caliphate’ that was declared by ISIS," MHA added.

Channel News Asia - 2 self-radicalised Singaporeans detained under ISA


SDP chairman Jeffrey George arrested for drug offence

4 Nov 2015
Left to right: Chong Wai Fung, Jeffrey George, Chee Soon Juan, Khung Wai Yeen

SINGAPORE - The 51-year-old chairman of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Jeffrey George, has been arrested for a drug offence, The Straits Times understands.

SDP secretary-general Chee Soon Juan told the paper on Tuesday (Nov 3) night that the news of Mr George's arrest came as a shock.

"I have known Jeff for many years and all this time he has discharged his duties as an SDP member and leader with professionalism. He is respected and well liked by his party colleagues," he said.

The Central Narcotics Bureau, when asked if Mr George had been arrested, said through a spokesman: "A 51-year-old man has been arrested for drug-related offences. Investigations are ongoing."

A shipping engineer, Mr George was elected chairman of the opposition party in October 2013. He was an election agent for Dr Chee and SDP vice-chairman John Tan in September's general election.

Dr Chee added on Tuesday night: "At this time, the family members need support as they go through a difficult period.  They should be left alone to sort things out."

Straits Times - SDP chairman Jeffrey George arrested for drug offence


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