It just shows whites are really under attack, when even Chinese people are saying they have to risk their lives to come help us.
A 16-year-old Singaporean student who identified as a white supremacist and aspired to conduct attacks against minority groups overseas was issued with a restriction order under the Internal Security Act in November 2023.
Investigations found that the teenager, who was a Secondary 4 student at the time, had been self-radicalised by online far-right extremist propaganda and wanted to further the white supremacist cause, even though he is of Chinese ethnicity, the Internal Security Department (ISD) said on Wednesday (Jan 24).
He is the second Singaporean to be dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for being radicalised by far-right extremist ideologies.
The first was detained under the Act in December 2020, and ISD said on Wednesday that he was released and issued with a suspension direction this month. A suspension direction is a ministerial direction suspending an existing detention order, and the Minister for Home Affairs may revoke this such that the person will be re-detained if he does not comply with any of the conditions stipulated.
Doesn’t sound like he was actually a threat.
ISD said that the 19-year-old Singaporean has made good progress in his rehabilitation and is assessed to “no longer pose an imminent security threat”.
RADICALISED BY WHITE SUPREMACIST VIDEOSThe 16-year-old who was issued the restriction order in November first chanced upon videos online in 2022 by American far-right political commentator and white supremacist Paul Nicholas Miller, who advocates for a race war.
By early 2023, he had developed an intense hatred of communities typically targeted by far-right extremists, including African-Americans, Arabs and individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other gender identities (LGBTQ+).
Oh, and before that, he loved all those groups?
Fuelled by online extremist rhetoric, he came to believe that African-Americans were responsible for a significant percentage of crime in the United States and deserved to “die a horrible death”.
He subscribed to the Great Replacement Theory commonly referenced by far-right terrorists such as Christchurch attacker Brenton Tarrant, which propagates the idea that the indigenous white population in Western countries are in danger of being replaced by non-white immigrants.
He also perceived illegal Arab immigrants as having committed violent attacks against white populations in Western countries.
Believing demonstrably real things is tell-tale sign of white supremacy.
The youth took part in several far-right online chat groups and channels, where he shared violent anti-African-American videos. Doing so gave him a sense of belonging to the white supremacist community, ISD said.
At the point of investigation, he strongly identified as a white supremacist and pro-white sympathiser, and hoped to be recruited for violent attacks by white supremacist groups overseas to “fight for the whites”.
That part I very much doubt is even true.
The student had considered travelling to Western countries such as France, Italy, Russia and the United States, to take part in attacks against his vilified communities.
Specifically, he shared his interest to conduct a mass shooting in the US in 10 years’ time in a far-right online chat group.
Well, he could have been joking.
However, beyond online searches for weapons, he did not take steps to actualise his attack aspirations because he lacked the financial resources and know-how to do so.
There was no indication that the youth had tried to influence his family or friends with his violent extremist views, or that they were aware of his attack ideations.
He also had no plans to conduct any attacks in Singapore, because he felt that these communities had not caused trouble here.
As part of his restriction order, the 16-year-old youth will be required to undergo a holistic rehabilitation programme aimed at countering the violent extremist ideologies that he had consumed online.
The rehabilitation programme will be geared towards helping him internalise that his racial supremacist views are incompatible with Singapore’s multi-racial and multi-religious society, ISD said.
He has also been assigned two mentors who will provide him with more guidance and cyber-wellness skills. The two mentors are Ministry of Education-trained teachers who are volunteers from the Religious Rehabilitation Group and who have experience working with and coaching young persons.
The Religious Rehabilitation Group consists of Muslim religious teachers who counsel those who have been misled by radical teachings.
Well, that sounds like it is just going to make it worse.
In addition, ISD is working with community partners such as the Inter-Agency Aftercare Group — which supports efforts to strengthen Singapore’s social resilience — to explore suitable community-based programmes that will equip him with pro-social skills.
While under the restriction order, the teenager cannot access the internet or social media, issue public statements, address public meetings or print, distribute and contribute to any publication.
You can’t really know what is actually going on from these reports.
Singapore is a pretty reasonable country, but the West also has their fingers in that pie, and the Five-Eyes Western intelligence likely “tipped off” the Singapore cops. They investigated and were like “okay, send him to counseling or whatever.”
In America, if you get this kind of designation, the FBI goes in to try to manipulate you into doing a mass shooting.