I have a few questions for the Minister for Home Affairs regarding the escape of alleged terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari.
1. Why has Singapore not asked the Malaysian police for help in tracking him down? Malaysian police chief Musa Hassan was quoted in the International Herald Tribune yesterday saying, “We have not received any special request from Singapore as yet.”
Doesn’t the Government think that there is a very high likelihood that Mas Selamat could have escaped to Malaysia immediately after his prison break?
2. How could Mas Selamat have escaped from the toilet in the ISD Detention Centre? Was there a hole in the toilet wall or an open window that he could have got out from? If so why wasn’t this fixed, given the need for such high security at such a facility?
3. How long did it take for the alarm to be sounded? Surely if there was a warden outside the toilet waiting for him to finish his business, that guard should have gone in to check on him if he didn’t come out in 2 minutes. How far could a limping man have run in just 2 minutes?
4. Once he got out of the toilet, how did he manage to get through the perimeter fence which is guarded by Gurkhas and CCTV cameras? Was there a hole in the fence?
5. Has MHA ruled out the possibility of an inside job?
6. So far the MHA has only released two face shots of Mas Selamat. Wouldn’t it be more useful to tell the public what he was wearing when he escaped, so that people can look out for him? This was pointed out by HWZ forummer knave.
7. The Home Affairs Minister has said that an “independent investigation” is underway. Will the public be informed of the details of the investigation, or will Singaporeans be told that it was an honest mistake and to trust the MHA to know what they are doing? If operational security is a concern, at a minimum, the full report should be released to all MPs, including Opposition MPs.