Capture of Mas Selamat
THE re-arrest of Mas Selamat Kastari in Johor, where he sought shelter while on the run, vindicates the Singapore Muslim community's stand that they have no sympathy for those who plot violence in the name of Islam, several leaders of the community said on Saturday.
After the Jemaah Islamiah regional leader escaped from the Whitley Road Detention Centre in February last year, there was suspicion among some that he might be harboured by sympathisers here.
Mr Abdul Mutalif Hashim, the chairman of the Darussalam Mosque in Clementi, said that for as long as he was on the run, some suspicion lingered over Muslims here.
'I feel very relieved now, as that assumption did not help race relations,' he said.
[My assumption was that if he were still in Singapore, he was being helped by kind-hearted persons who did not suspect who he was. Or that he was dead.]