Speaking at the Shangri-la dialogue, Singapore PM Lee said that ISIS is becoming a real threat to South East Asia.
He said that the world is now facing a jihadist terrorism driven by the perverted version of Islam.
“Even in Singapore, where we have a peaceful and well-integrated Muslim population, some individuals have been led astray. A few have gone to join ISIS and others have been intercepted and detained before they could leave,” Mr Lee said.
“We recently arrested a 17-year-old student, and we detained another 19-year-old student who had been radicalised. The 19-year-old was planning to join ISIS in Syria, and if he was unable to leave Singapore he intended to assassinate government leaders here including the President and for good measure, the Prime Minister. This is why Singapore takes terrorism, and in particular ISIS, very seriously,” he stressed.
“The threat is no longer over there; it is over here,” Mr Lee said. “The idea that ISIS can turn Southeast Asia into a province of a worldwide Islamic caliphate is a grandiose, pie-in-the-sky dream. But it is not so far-fetched that ISIS could establish a base somewhere in the region, a geographical area under its physical control like in Syria and Iraq, somewhere far from the centres of power of state governments, where the governments’ writ does not run. That would pose a serious threat to the whole of Southeast Asia.”