Any amount of money given to support terrorism threatens S'pore's national security: Shanmugam

Two Singaporeans were charged under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) law.

Sulaiman Daud | February 03, 2020, 11:45 PM

11 individuals have been charged under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act (TSOFA) to date, since it was passed in 2002.

Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam said in a Written Reply in Parliament that two of these 11 individuals are Singaporeans.

The amounts involved ranged from S$60 to S$1,200.

He was responding a question by Sylvia Lim of the Workers' Party (WP), who had asked for these details.

Added Shanmugam: "Police treat every case seriously. Any support for terrorism-related activities, no matter the amount, threatens our national security."

Convicted of funding terrorism

On Jan. 14, 2020, 36-year-old Imran Kassim was convicted of one count of financing terrorism under the Act.

He had sent S$450 to a man in Turkey to fund the publication of materials for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

During the trial, Imran said he did not recognise Singapore's laws, only Islamic sharia law.

He was sentenced to a jail sentence of 33 months.

Fighting the financing of terror

The Act is part of Singapore's counter-terrorism efforts.

It prohibits people in Singapore, and Singaporeans outside the country, from:

  • Providing or collecting property for terrorist acts.
  • Providing property and services for terrorist purposes.
  • Using or possessing property for terrorist purposes.
  • Dealing with the property of terrorists.

You also have a duty to inform the police if you're aware of any transactions related to terrorist acts.

Heavy fines and lengthy jail terms may be levied against those who breach the Act.

Top image from Imran Kassim and MHA Facebook pages.