Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: The great Mas Selamat non-detection mystery
The news is finally out: Singapore's escaped terrorist, Mas Selamat, was aided by his brother's family.
In case you're new to the story, this is what you need to know... Arrested in 2006 under the suspicion of plotting to bomb Changi Airport, Mas Selamat escaped from the Whitley Detention Center where he was held in custody. His escape sparked a country-wide manhunt which lasted over a year before being caught in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Currently, he is detained (but not formally charged) in Singapore under the Internal Security Act.
I feel a little sorry for newly appointed Home Minister Shanmugam. He is answering some awkward questions that the former Home Minister, Wong Kan Seng, should be answering. But that's life.
MPs have asked, for instance, when a terrorist escapes, isn't it standard operating procedure for security forces to actually stake out the homes of immediate family members?
To which the home minister replied that it would be against Singapore's interests to disclose details of operational security matters.
Best. Answer. Evah. (cont'd)