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



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