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根据《内部安全法令》(ISA),一名因策划对新加坡两座清真寺进行恐怖袭击的16岁少年被警方拘留

Jan 27, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡 - 一名16岁的新加坡学生因计划在今年3月15日(克赖斯特彻奇清真寺枪击案两周年纪念日)袭击两座清真寺并杀害礼拜者而被警方依据《内部安全法令》(ISA)予以拘留。

新加坡内部安全局(ISD)于本周三(1月27日)表示,他是首位受到极右极端主义思想影响的囚犯,也是迄今为止依据《内部安全法令》中“进行与恐怖主义有关的活动”而被拘留的最年轻人士。

ISD称,这名中学生被发现有详细的计划和准备,以在本地的两座清真寺用砍刀对穆斯林教徒发动恐怖袭击。

他选择了位于Sembawang(森巴旺)的Assyafaah清真寺和位于Woodlands(兀兰)的Yusof Ishak清真寺作为目标,因为这两个清真寺离他的家很近。

受到克赖斯特彻奇清真寺枪击案中发动袭击者布伦顿·塔兰特(Brenton Tarrant)的影响,这名年轻人已规划好了自己的路线,买了一件防弹衣,打算在网购市场Carousell上购买一把砍刀,并想对其已计划的屠杀进行现场直播。

ISD称:“他拥有自我激进化的人格,且动机是对伊斯兰教的强烈反感和对暴力的迷恋。他观看了新西兰克赖斯特彻奇两座清真寺遭受恐怖袭击的现场直播视频,并宣读了袭击者布伦顿·塔兰特(Brenton Tarrant)的宣言。”

ISD随后补充道,该名学生还观看了伊拉克和叙利亚伊斯兰国(ISIS)的宣传视频,并得出了一个错误的结论:他认为ISIS代表了伊斯兰教,而伊斯兰教号召其信奉者杀死非信徒。

ISD称,从他的袭击计划和准备情况可以清楚地看出,这个年轻人受到了塔兰特袭击行为和宣言的影响。

首先,他计划在克赖斯特彻奇袭击周年纪念日实施袭击。他曾对这两座清真寺进行了网上调查和研究,为发动袭击做准备。

ISD称,他还计划像塔兰特那样开车往返于两个袭击地点之间,因此他制定了一个计划——购买一辆能够在袭击中使用的汽车。

第三,他从一个网络购物平台上买了一件作战背心,打算在背心上装饰上右翼极端主义的符号,并对其进行修改,以便能像塔兰特那样,将其绑在自己的移动设备上,对袭击进行现场直播。

详细的计划,准备袭击

ISD宣称,这名年轻人在决定用砍刀作为袭击武器之前,已经试过了其他的各式选项。

他最初的计划是使用与塔兰特用过的步枪类似的枪械。他设法通过一个私人的聊天平台找到了一名潜在的卖家,但由于怀疑这是一场骗局,他并没有进行购买。

ISD随后又补充道,尽管如此,他还是坚持在网上搜索枪支,直到他意识到新加坡严格的枪支管制法律使其很难找到枪支后,他才放弃了这个想法。

他还尝试制造一枚三过氧化三丙酮炸弹,并准备模仿塔兰特用汽油点燃清真寺的计划。

出于对后勤和人身安全的考虑,他最终放弃了这两个想法。

为了让自己对持刀袭击做好准备,这名年轻人观看了YouTube上的视频,并确信自己能够通过轻松砍伤目标的颈部和胸部,切断目标的动脉。

在他被ISD逮捕的时候,这位年轻人在Carousell上找到了他最中意的砍刀(标价190美元),但他尚未购买。

为了进一步仿效塔兰特,他在袭击前准备了两份文件,并打算在发动袭击之前向民众散发——一份是向法国民众发出的反对穆斯林的信息,另一份是详细阐述了他对伊斯兰教仇恨的宣言。

这份在该名年轻人被捕时尚未完成的宣言称,“暴力问题永远不应该用和平途径来解决”,因为和平虽然“合乎道德伦理”,但远不如暴力“有效”。

它大量借用了塔兰特的宣言,并称他为“圣人”,称克赖斯特彻奇袭击是“对穆斯林的正当杀戮”。

SD表示:“详尽的策划及准备工作,表明了该名年轻人决心贯彻执行他的袭击计划。”

年轻人准备独自一人完成袭击

这名16岁的少年在调查中承认,他只能预见到他的计划会有两种结果——他在实施袭击之前被逮捕,或者他实施了袭击计划后被警察杀死。

ISD表示,迄今为止的调查表明,这名年轻人准备独自一人完成袭击。

此外,也没有迹象表明,他曾试图用他的极端观点影响任何人,或让其他人参与他的袭击计划。

ISD称,他的直系亲属和他的社交圈中的其他人并不知道他的袭击计划以及他对伊斯兰教的仇恨程度。

“这一事件再次证明,极端思想可以在新加坡民众中引起共鸣,并使他们变得激进,且不论种族或宗教。它对我们所有人和我们的生活方式都是一种威胁。”

ISD呼吁市民对可疑物品及个人保持警觉,并通过致电999,发送短信“SMS”至71999,或使用SGSecure应用程序通知有关当局。


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Talent shortage in Singapore with 8 in 10 employers reporting difficulty in filling roles

Jun 15, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

In ManpowerGroup Singapore's Q2 Employment Outlook Survey, the company revealed positive sentiments regarding pay increments and bonuses. In the latest edition of this report, for Q3, the sentiments have shifted towards hiring between the July to September 2022 period - labelled as "a record high" in the report.

In brief, Singapore’s net employment outlook (NEO) is at +40%, with the previous "record high" being in Q4 2011 at +31%. Further, employers surveyed in all 11 sectors (i.e. communications & media, manufacturing, and construction) anticipate positive headcount growth in Q3, with not-for-profit employers reporting "strongest" hiring intentions at 67%.

Despite the optimistic outlook, Singapore’s talent shortage level has been found to be at "its highest in 16 years", with more than eight in 10 (84%) employers reporting difficulty in filling roles. This statistic represented a 20% increase from 2021. Prior to that, talent shortage levels were quite high in 2018 at 56%, and in 2010 at 53%. According to the findings, the most difficult-to-fill roles are in restaurants & hotels (97%), other services (89%), and construction (88%).

That said, the "most sought-after" professions are: IT & data, operation & logistics, sales & marketing, manufacturing & production, and customer facing & front office. On top of that, employers are also looking at soft skills such as critical thinking & analysis, creativity & originality, resilience & adaptability, leadership & social influence, and reasoning & problem solving.

"The shift from pandemic to endemic has given companies greater clarity on their business outlooks," explained Linda Teo, Country Manager, ManpowerGroup Singapore. "Employers are ramping up their hiring due to a combination of factors like pent-up demand for manpower, employee attrition, and shortage of workers with the right skillsets."

Dissecting the local numbers

Filtering Singapore's NEO figure, analysts discovered that:

  • More than half (52%) of employers plan to hire;
  • More than one in 10 (12%) of employers expect a staffing decrease;
  • Close to four in 10 (35%) of employers plan to keep workforce levels steady, and
  • Less than five in 10 (2%) of employers are undecided about the hiring/talent scene.

In addition to not-for-profit employers having strong hiring intentions, those in other services (professional, scientific & technical, and administrative & support) similarly have positive intentions at 59%. These employers are then followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (56%), wholesale & retail trade (50%), and restaurants & hotels (46%).

A global perspective

Of the more than 40,000 employers surveyed across the globe, many are likewise expecting to hire more workers in the Q3 2022. According to findings, the global NEO is at +33% - which revealed hiring intentions to "increase year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter" respectively at +18% and +4%. In terms of per country/territory data, Mexico ranks top with a +59% NEO, while India has a +51%; Mainland China +29%, and Hong Kong +11%.

India's NEO is the strongest in the APAC region for the second consecutive quarter, up 13% since Q2. As for Hong Kong's NEO, it improved by 8% compared to Q2 2022, and by 10% compared to the previous year.

Looking at the hiring/talent scene, analysts discovered that digital roles continue to drive "most demand" with employers in IT & technology (+44%). This is followed by those in banking, finance, insurance & real estate (+38%), construction (33%), and manufacturing (33%).