What?! You mean to say that the whole thing was staged? You mean to say that Mas is still in his cell – innocently being cursed and sworn at? You mean to say that the long hours of wait at the various checkpoints are for nothing? You mean to say that it’s just another of those mobilisation exercises except that it is now on a national level involving all citizens and pets? You mean to say… it was all just a show?!

Thankfully it’s not.

S’poreans get A+ for response on Mas Selamat’s escape: Swee Say

THE response of Singaporeans to the escape of Mas Selamat Kastari, a Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leader, received an A+ on Tuesday.

Minister Lim Swee Say, who described the escape as a test in inter-racial cohesion, said Singaporeans passed it ‘with flying colours’.

He said people worked as one, without any finger-pointing, to search for the former chief of the Singapore JI cell.

‘Did they take a position based on their racial or religious groups and draw the line? They did not,’ he pointed out.

Mr Lim, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, was speaking to about 250 grassroots and community leaders at an event hat underlines Singapore’s unrelenting effort to maintain racial harmony.

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 12th March 2008

Reader's Comments

  1. DK | March 12th, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Who say there isn’t any finger pointing? Everyone is pointing their fingers at Wong Can’t Sing, demanding that he resign.

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  4. rototo | March 12th, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Have you ever noticed that junior ministers will appear and speak about the greatest Singapore escape after the top leaders has spoken?

    As for the finger pointing part, Mr Lim is trying to use to use the media to suggest that no one is responsible (yet?) for this incident.

    Hello, the biggest screw-up did not come from the citizens. The flyers are mostly handed out by the police and the PAP grassroots. Even with this big mistake, some members of the party appeared on TV showing them handing out the flyers, in order to score points in front of the media. WTF!

    Most ground people spoke of this incident with a sense of disbelief that a limping man guarded by the nation’s elite security personnel can escape without a blink of an eye.

    Come on, Mr Lim. You are just deflecting attention. You are not answering the crucial questions. Why don’t you worry about your own ministry’s problems first? Let the esteemed DPM Wong (all fingers pointed here) handles the “setback”.

    It should be “F-” for them.

  5. moby | March 12th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    I think it should be A+ for being ‘apathetic’. Singaporeans are superb at that.

    I mean, who really cares where Mas Selamat is? Most people just treat the posters of him like those we see at lift landings, advertising tuition classes.

    Oh, and don’t get me started on the conspiracy theories. I have many! And none of them involves a toilet break. Pffft!

  6. tokyotribe28 | March 12th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    They must think we’re idiots…

  7. hanz | March 13th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    haiz….perhaps when mas selamat was in the detention camp…the in-charge made the mistake of allowing him to watch prison break….so he got motivated…

  8. patriot | March 13th, 2008 at 12:47 am

    How many who heard Minister Lim Swee Say will agree with what he said?

    Now, Singaporeans are very sceptical, cynical will be more appropriate, of their leaders. They are very wary of them as well.

    This time round, the sweeter the talks, the more cautious the people will be. They(the people) got to be careful of brainwashings.

  9. Tianhong | March 13th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    patriot: i guess people are pretty smart these days. they did not choose to be brainwashed just that no one can change anything about it right?

    hanz: i doubt singapore government will allow them to waste so much electricity instead.

    well well i dun disagree and yet i can’t agree with the report. no matter what just help one another to keep a lookout of this mas selamat is the best way to move things forward.

  10. jokernthief | March 14th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Swee Say is wrong. Finger-pointing will start when people realise that Mas really cannot be captured and that he is out there somewhere hatching a plot.

  11. Claudia | March 14th, 2008 at 1:05 am

    A friend of mine once told me a joke. Perhaps Mas didn’t escape after all. He might just be hiding somewhere above the ceiling board.

    Some even guessed that he might already be dead. And this is just to cover up the truth.

    Only time will tell… and whether or not the media is reporting the 100% truth, no ones know.

  12. whitley prison comisioner | March 14th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    all singoperans fooling by goverment who announced mas selamat was escaped from whitley prison…actually they wanna covered the real mas selamat was killed….

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  14. Speak Softly Truth | March 18th, 2008 at 6:04 am

    This is great, just GREAT. They have an inquiry and two out of three are current or ex-MOHA staff. So objective inquiry !

    While this is going on. Our govt tells us that they can’t divulge details of the ‘great” escape, because of security issues. Sure, keep everything secret so everything will be fine.

    My, my, hope Mas Selamat has not “limped out of Singapore yet. At least our government can learn from this terrible mis-step.

    Speak Softly Truth

  15. pseudo | March 19th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Does it really matter how he escaped or where he is now; if at the end of the day, he martyrs himself and take some notable political scoundrels with him? I remember an old joke about a father & son taking a helicopter ride around the island. Sonny drops 2 ten-dollar notes and says he will make 2 SGeans happy. Father then shows him the politics of maths and drops 10 two-dollar notes, making 10 SGeans happy. Helicopter pilot mutters to himself that if he drops these 2 idiots, he would make 2 million SGeans happy. I was kinda thinking MSK could be that helicopter pilot, and do the honourable thing, hence endearing himself to friends and foes alike. A bit like the end justifies the means? That’s consequentialism for you. The enemy of my enemy is my friend…..

  16. passerby | March 23rd, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    this will really not happen is the ‘guards’are awake. so shameful for the little red dot…others think that singapore is so safe , but they will probably change their mind after this

  17. BlowFish | May 11th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    That’s a nice pat in the back for Singaporeans from Lim Swee Say. You better save it for Wong Kan Seng. It’s pathetic how our leaders – highest paid in the world – are not admitting responsibility for mistakes. I’ve lost all respect for them. See you at the elections.

  18. sudhamma | July 23rd, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I’m totally disappointed with the cabinet ministers who did not even pledge a bounty of this magnitude to entice information to re-capture a terrorist. The ministers are quite laid-back aen’t they?
    Listen to what they were saying about offering rewards for re-capture of a extra-ordinary criminal.
    It has to take 2 citizens to offer a sizeable bounty to rekindle the kind of interest in Singapore and elsewhere. These 2 guys were showing to our well-paid first-world ministers on what must be done to in this matter.

  19. zul | October 31st, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    mas selamat sudah lari.Rakyat Singapura yang salah

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