Singapore. After the terrorist attacks against the United
States in 2001, Singapore gave its support to the global
campaign against terrorism. In early 2002, the government
announced that 15 militant Muslims, 14 of whom were
Singaporean citizens, had been arrested in accordance with
the country's strict security laws. They were arrested on
suspicion of planned terrorist activity against Western
interests in Singapore.
Countryaah website, several of the arrested were reported to belong to the
Southeast Asian militant organization Jemaa Islamiyya,
believed to form the terror network of al-Qa'ida's branch in
the area. Several similar arrangements were made during the
year, including: in August when 21 suspected Singaporean
members of Jemaa Islamiyya were arrested.
Irritation also arose among Muslims when some girls were
suspended from school for wearing a veil and thus breaking
the school uniform rules. The parents of the four girls
decided in April to sue the country's government, which is
unusual in Singapore. To his aid, they had the same
Malaysian top lawyer, Karpal Singh, who defended the former
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Malaysia,
Anwar Ibrahim, in the heavily criticized trials against him.
The lawyer was later banned from operating in Singapore.