SINGAPORE – Singaporean Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, 22, an infant care assistant with childcare centre PCF (PAP Community Foundation) Sparkletots has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Izzah is the first known female to be arrested in Singapore for radicalism, had made plans to marry and settle down with an ISIS supporter in Syria.
While she was an infant care assistant, it is noted that she had no ‘alone’ time with the kids she was caring for.
PCF childcare centres are found islandwide, providing kindergarten, childcare, student care and aged care services. Understandably, they have a multi-racial and multi-religious workforce. The actions of one individual should not merit painting the community foundation in one brush.
Minister in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Prof Yaacob Ibrahim has also released a statement on his Facebook page:
To fellow Muslims, let us never give up. Instead, let us redouble our efforts to be vigilant against extremist and exclusivist ideologies. If you notice suspicious behaviour or signs of radicalisation among your family and friends, you must alert the authorities. This is the best way for us to help the individual, our loved ones from harming themselves and others.
To fellow Singaporeans, I appeal to everyone to stand united, and support one another more strongly, expand the common space in which we come together to bond, and protect the peace and harmony we cherish in this Singapore that we call home.