S'porean housewife, 34, detained under ISA after 'escalation' in radical behaviour

She was previously issued a Restriction Order after she was found to have been radicalised by her husband.

Tanya Ong | June 09, 2021, 10:32 AM

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Ruqayyah binti Ramli, 34, a housewife and former part-time freelance religious teacher, was issued an Order of Detention (OD) under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in April 2021.

According to a statement by the Internal Security Department (ISD) on June 9, she had previously been issued with a Restriction Order in Aug. 2020 after she was found to have been radicalised by her husband.

Her husband has since been repatriated to Malaysia, where he was sentenced to three years in jail for possession of terrorism-related propaganda materials.

Investigations at the time established that she had supported his intention to join and fight for the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

"Escalation" in radical behaviour

ISD said there has been an "escalation in Ruqayyah’s radical behaviour and involvement in activities prejudicial to Singapore’s security" since she was placed on RO.

She has "refused to make any genuine effort to participate in the rehabilitation programme".

She continues to support ISIS’ violent actions and believes in the use of violence against the perceived enemies of Islam, ISD said.

"She was thus detained to prevent her from progressing further down the violent radical path."

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Two self-radicalised Singaporeans, Mohamed Faishal bin Mohd Razali and Kuthubdeen Haja Najumudeen, aged 30 and 38, were released from detention under the ISA in May 2021.

ISD said they had shown good progress in their rehabilitation and were assessed to no longer pose a security threat requiring preventive detention.

A third Singaporean, Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir s/o Sheik Uduman, who has been sentenced to imprisonment for terrorism financing offences, was also said to have made good progress in rehabilitation.

Hussein was issued with a RO in May 2021, and previously issued with an OD in August 2018 for his support for ISIS. His OD was cancelled in October 2019 after his sentencing.

Top photo via Unsplash, ISD.