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Amidst all the economic uncertainty and swine flu jitters, Singapore has some
good news at last.
Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng and his security apparatus, which suffered a
blow when he escaped, can now congratulate themselves
For the fugitive was arrested in Malaysia on April 1 following a tipoff from Singapore, reports the Straits Times quoting unnamed intelligence sources. The Malaysian Star newspaper naturally highlights the role played by the Malaysian police.
It’s surprising he was picked up in Johor, just across the Causeway from Singapore.
The minister explained why his arrest was not reported for more than a month. The authorities wanted to question him in secret.
The minister said the Malaysian authorities were tipped off by Singapore late last year. So the Malaysians kept him under surveillance for four months or more before finally arresting him?
And all this time the Singapore government kept mum, meekly swallowing public criticism about the terrorist on the run? The temptation to crow he had been found must have been there, especially in the face of all the bad news about the economy.
His arrest is a scoop for the Straits Times, which came out with the news today.
It is not even known when the terrorist will be handed over to Singapore, reported the Straits Times. He is being held under Malaysian security laws.
The local blogosphere naturally has gone into overdrive. Hopefully, the various postings can be found in this Google Blog Search RSS feed.