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  • Name: Denise Tan
  • DOB: 13th July 1987
  • NTU Sociology student


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    Sunday, June 10, 2007

    DIY Terrorists in Singapore

    This issue regarding self-radicalisation of terrorism was featured in the Saturday Times, which was yesterday. A 28 year old polytechnic lecturer was detained as a self-radicalised terrorist. Previously, he earned his law degree at NUS and even practiced his skills at a top firm here. For someone at the age of 28, his achievements were considered quite outstanding.

    But WHY? Why such an advanced mind would be condemn by the radical ideologies available in the internet? Don't he have the ability to analyse logically after going through so many years of academic training? well... perhaps these calibre of people have gone through education missing the moral part? Their way of interpretating the quoran viewed the West as an enemy, a threat to the Muslim and they regard going against the West as the most righteous duty to serve. But do the majority of Muslim think this way? The answer is NO! Personally, I feel that it is because of this minority (terrorists, especially the ones at the higher end of the hierachy) who wants great political power. Hence, in order to reach their goals in the most effective way, they abused religion. They used Islam as a channel to seek their reach to the Muslims, to gather more supporters and in turn expand their power.

    Due to globalisation, the increase interconnectivity among people has given an opportunity for these radicals to spread their ideologies worldwide. The best represented example would be the internet. A channel whereby our 28 year old polytechnic lecturer got his source from. How influential can that be? To be able to 'brainwash' someone who deemed by others as logical and rational by the judge of his career and educational level.

    A person's character is not necessary mould by the number of years of education he/she has. He/she can be as corrupted as anyone else. At least the above example proved this point.

    PS: This brief entry is just my personal point of view and there is no means of offending anybody.


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