The police received a call from a phone booth at Block 10 Haig Road on Thursday evening from a person claiming to be Mas "Limping Terrorist" Selamat. He then proceed to threaten to "attach multiple locations". This prompted police to be quickly deployed to the traced location, potentially ending a 2-day manhunt for the escaped detainee and bringing back peace to the country.

However, this was not to be. The call turned out to be a hoax and the man was arrested. Police investigations are currently underway. The police reminded the public again that they will not hesitate to take serious actions against people committing such act.

For a tensed moment like this, it’s a wonder how someone is "free" enough to get himself into trouble.

POLICE have arrested a 58-year-old man who made a hoax call from a public phone, claiming that he is the escaped Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) detainee Mas Selamat Kastari.

The man, who called from a phone booth at Block 10 Haig Road on Thursday at about 5.10 pm, also threatened to attack multiple locations, said a police statement on Friday.

Police investigations are on-going.

Police also warned the public that that they will not ‘hesitate to take firm action against persons committing such offences.’

A massive land, sea and air search is continuing to hunt down Mas Selamat, 47, leader of the Singapore JI terror network, who fled from Whitley Road Detention Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Posters of the wanted fugitive – one showing him with a moustache and goatee and the other, clean-shaven – have been put up at many public places and immigration checkpoints to urge people to call 999 immediately if they spot him.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 29th February 2008



Reader's Comments

  1. zeezzen | February 29th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Omg… this guy is really rubbish. With such a tension going on now, he is doing such things. Luckily he is has been arrested. He deserve to be punished heavily for his doings.

  2. Tianhong | March 1st, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I second zeezzen. Seems like people not thinking about the seriousness of such plank.

  3. Tianhong | March 1st, 2008 at 10:32 am

    *prank

  4. oldmansg | March 1st, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    I strongly belive we should take stern action against terroism,it’s time we implement capital punishment for death sentenace just like the tough stand,we have on drug trafficking.If they have so much evidence on him on terrosim,why didn’t they charge him in a court of law?If there is sufficient evidence,I am sure he will had been hanged…..The ISD,which operates in behind the shadows…not only use to curb terrosim and also oppostions party members…in short any one who share a different view from the GOVT…just like the secret police….the public is always in the dark how they operate….the reason why we have one of low drug traffickers compare to other nations…..due to tough stand…ISD in malaysia starts with 60 day period maxium period of 2 years….we have no defination on detention…there are cases who had been there for 25 years….with no substantial eveidence to be chraged…From DR chee soon juan,JB jeyaratnam ( former Worker part chief) all been placed here….ISD is an arsenel,which govt used to instill fear and consoldate power

  5. Shah | March 2nd, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Where could he be? Mostly all forest has been search. How can he dissapear just like. The goverment should next search the drains in singapore. He might be like rats stay low on the day crawl out for food by nite. You’ll never know.

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