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Press Release – Release of ISA Detainee and Issuance of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act, 16 June 2009

16 June 2009
Press Release – Release of ISA Detainee and Issuance of Restriction Orders under the Internal Security Act, 16 June 2009
Release of JI Detainee
         A Singaporean member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terrorist network, Arifin bin Ali @ John Wong Ah Hung (Arifin), was released from detention on 15 Jun 2009 and placed on a Restriction Order (RO) under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
2       Arifin, 48, fled Singapore in Dec 2001 when the security operation against the local JI network in Singapore was mounted. He was arrested in Bangkok by the Thai authorities in May 2003, following information given by the Internal Security Department (ISD), and deported to Singapore. While hiding in Thailand, he was involved with a group of like-minded individuals in plotting terrorist attacks against targets in Thailand.
3       Since his detention in Jun 2003, Arifin has cooperated in investigations and shown considerable progress in his rehabilitation. He is assessed to no longer pose a security threat that requires further preventive detention.   
Restriction Order Against MILF Member
4       Singaporean Ahmad Jalaluddin bin Sanawi, 53, was arrested in Apr 2009 and issued with a 2-year RO under the ISA on 6 May 2009. Ahmad was a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Philippines. He had undergone military training at the MILF camp in the Philippines and contributed to fund-raising efforts in support of the MILF cause.  Ahmad left Singapore in Dec 2001 and had remained in hiding overseas since to evade the Singapore authorities. He surrendered to ISD in Apr 2009.
Ministry of Home Affairs
16 June 2009

About Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at


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