S'pore almost came under attack by truck-bombs in December 2001

Sep 12, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

In September 11, 2001, a series of coordinated attacks through hijacked planes by Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda against the United States takes place, resulting in the deadliest terrorist attack in history. Close to 3,000 lives perished on that day.

In the same month, plans to attack embassies and other Western-linked institutions in Singapore were being carried out and almost came to fruition in December 2001.

The planned attack consisted of mounting six truck bombs, each with three tonnes of ammonium nitrate to simultaneously attack six US-linked locations in Singapore.

For comparison, the truck bomb which brought down the World Trade Centre building in Oklahoma City in 1995 was rigged with two to three tones of ammonium nitrate.

The attack was thwarted after a local tip off to the Internal Security Department (ISD) resulted in the arrests of the terrorists involved.

Attack targets in Singapore

Singaporean members of a radical, regional Islamic group called Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) had been planning a series of suicide bomb attacks in Singapore, guided by foreigners from Al-Qaeda.

The earliest plans to attack targets in Singapore date back to the mid-1990s, long before the events of September 2001. Preparations for attacks intensified after the US twin towers attack.

The plans were:

  • Plan 1 - Mount multiple truck-bombs against US-related targets
  • Plan 2 - Attack US personnel in shuttle buses at Yishun MRT station
  • Plan 3 - Attack US naval vessels and personnel
  • Plan 4 - Attack US assets/personnels at Paya Lebar Airbase
  • Plan 5 - Attack Singapore American School and US/Israeli companies
  • Plan 6 - Attack key installations in Singapore

Of the 6 plans, three were relatively well-developed and operationally ready to be carried out. They were Plan 1, Plan 2, and Plan 3.

In making these plans, JI members relied heavily on video-reconnaissance of the targets, usually making recordings over several visits.

The JI also considered several other Singapore targets for the attack but did not proceed beyond the reconnaissance stage:

  • Water pipelines (Bukit Timah Nature Reserve - Hindhede Road, Johor-Woodlands Causeway, PUB Woodlands Water Booster Station, Bukit Panjang Service Reservoir - Fajar Road, and Bukit Timah Water Works - opposite Kandang Kerbau Hospital)
  • Changi Airport and Biggin Hill radar station
  • Mindef Headquarters at Bukit Gombar
  • Various MRT stations including the Operations Control Centre
  • Jurong Island
  • Ministry of Education HQ at North Buona Vista Drive

In one particular plan, JI member Syed Ibrahim reportedly tailed a Mindef officer in late 2001 from the ministry's Bukit Gombak headquarters all the way to Tampines, presumably where the officer resides.

The plan was to evaluate the feasibility of placing explosives in the officer's car and detonating them while the car entrered the headquarters.

Planning the attack

After the twin towers attack on September 11, 2001, Malaysian JI leader Faiz Bin Abu Bakar Bafana (Faiz) contacted his brother Fathi Abu Bakar Bafana (Fathi) to link up with Singaporean JI members Ellias, Adnan and Nazir to assist a foreign "friend" code-named "Mike" - later identified as Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi, an Indonesian bomb-maker.

"Mike" met with all three Singaporean JI members and instructed them to assist another Al-Qaeda operative code-named "Sammy" in a terrorist plan.

Sammy was later identified as Mohammed Mansour Jabarah, a Canadian-Arab. He was the liaison person between Al-Qaeda and Southeast Asian operatives.

The plan to mount muliple truck-bombs against US-related targets was the most developed and determined plan by JI and was scheduled to be carried out in December 2001 or January 2002.

In October 2001, Sammy arrived in Singapore from Kuala Lumpur and met the Singaporean JI members along with Mike. The meeting took place near a hotel in Newton area and subsequently at a secluded carpark in Marina South to discuss the plan.

Sammy's plan was to use six truck-bombs to attack the US Embassy, the Israeli Embassy and the US naval bases in Singapore, and from the suggestions of the Singaporean JI members, the Australian and British High Commission as well as several commercial buildings housing American companies.

Pictured: Handwritten notes on bomb-making were seized during the arrest of a Singapore JI member.

Singaporean JI members will be tasked with conducting reconnaissance and setting up the logistics while Sammy would bring his own people down to Singapore to rig the bombs at a secured warehouse.

The Singaporean JI members will then leave Singapore when another batch of foreigners (believed to be Arabs) will arrive in the city state just a day before the planned attack to drive the trucks and carry out the bombings.

The attack was to be effected between 8am and 10am.

The Singaporean JI members were paid a total of USD 11,000 (paid in two batches) to cover expenses incurred in their preparations.

After the meeting, Mike tasked Ellias to obtain 17 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a chemical substitute for TNT.

Ellias subsequently managed to locate a friend who could procure the chemical required.

However, Ellias was arrested by ISD on 9th December 2001 before he could complete the purchase, after a local tip-off.

Adnan and Nazir were also arrested along with several other JI members.

Mike, however, managed to avoid arrest.

Attack almost got carried out

Despite the arrests of the Singaporean JI members, those that got away met up with Malaysian JI members in Johor to plan another attack in retaliation for the ISD arrests.

Some of the Singaporean JI members lost confidence and decided to flee Singapore but the JI leadership persisted with the plan and scheduled it for April or May 2002.

Mike subsequently procured 6 tonnes of TNT in the Philippines, paid for a first instalment of 1.2 tonnes and was seeking to pick up more funds from JI leaders in Malaysia to pay for the remaining 4.8 tonnes.

The explosives were to be smuggled by sea from Mindanao Island in the Philippines to Manado in Indonesia and then to Malaysia and finally via the Johor causeway to Singapore.

On 15 January 2002, Mike was arrested before he was to board a plane from Manila to Bangkok, en-route to Kuala Lumpur. He was sentenced to 17 years in jail for his role in planning and financing a series of bombings in Manila.

The bombings occurred on December 30, 2000, resulting in the deaths of 22 people.

Mike escaped from jail in July 2003 and in October of the same year, he was killed in a police shootout in Mindanao.

ISD noted that if Mike had not been arrested, the plan would have been pursued and developed to fruition.

Terror threat to S'pore remains high; self-radicalisation through the internet presents a big risk

Although there is currently no specific or credible intelligence that points to an imminent terrorist attack on Singapore, the ISD noted that it had averted terrorist attacks by two Singaporean youths who were targeting places of worship here.

Today, the speed and extent of reach in the digital era have led to the Singaporean government to formulate new strategies to ensure individuals here are not easily self-radicalised.

Teo Chee Hean, who is Coordinating Minister for National Security, noted that in 2001 and earlier, violent extremist groups had to form cells, travel and gather for indoctrination and training to plan and execute attacks.

Today, however, individuals can be influenced online through what they saw and who they interacted with on the internet.

"The Internet creates more opportunities for individuals to be radicalised through the 'echo chamber' effect," he explained. "The Internet has also accelerated the process of radicalisation from a few years to a few months - even a matter of days in some cases."

"This has sped up the timeline for conducting attacks, particularly those by lone wolves, making it more challenging for security agencies to detect and pre-empt them."

Teo called on family members, friends, colleagues and schoolmates to help "sound the alert" on individuals drawn to exclusivist and violent ideology. Referring them as early as possible to counsellors and to the security agencies can save them from doing harm to themselves and others, he said.

Teo also stressed that an attack may occur when least expected, and before security forces arrive, Singaporeans must be ready to save themselves and those around them.

"Every Singaporean matters in the fight against terrorism," he said. "The engagement and partnership with the community to counter terrorism is a continuous work in progress, and we can do even better."


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中国人打败中国人,安徽砀山人李西廷成2022年新加坡“首富”!

Sep 25, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership

近日,福布斯新发布了2022新加坡富豪榜,安徽砀山人——迈瑞医疗的李西廷以156亿美元(1090亿人民币)的身价,成为新加坡新任首富

可笑的是,2019年开始,新加坡富豪榜变成了中国人的秀场!

2019年,海底捞的张勇夫妇(四川人),以138亿美元的身家跃居新加坡首富

2020年,张勇夫妇以190亿美元,蝉联新加坡首富

2021年,冬海集团李小冬(天津人),以211亿美元击败海底捞张勇,成为新加坡首富,可是风光背后,李小冬感受到了任正非所说的“寒气”,不到一年时间,财富缩水80%

2022年,李西廷问鼎新加坡首富,他创立的迈瑞医疗正以肉眼可见的速度席卷国内医疗器械市场。

疫情的爆发,让迈瑞医疗开始“大口呼吸”,迅速进入爆发期!

随着我国老龄化程度加深,高龄人群对于呼吸机、监护仪、心电图仪等医疗设备需求激增,造就了国内广阔的市场空间。

李西廷也看到了这一市场蓝海,带着迈瑞闯入这一赛道。

创业之初的迈瑞,仅是一个小小的进口医疗设备代理商。看着进口医疗的高昂价格,以及作代理微薄的利差,让李西廷萌生了自己研发的念头。加之当时国家也支持科学研究,支持企业研发,迈瑞随后也获得了深圳官方的支持,出面为其协调了100万无息贷款支持。

曾几何时,感恩于政策的支持,李西廷誓言:一定要为国争光!

作为“中国医疗器械第一股”,迈瑞的产品,相比昂贵的进口医疗设备,物优价廉的优势突显出来。加上,国内不断提倡发展本国科技企业,支持国产,因此,迈瑞有了越来越多的市场!

近两年yi情致使世界各国急需采购呼吸机和监护仪等设备,迈瑞轻松开拓了海外市场,也赚得盆满钵满。

去年一年营收超250亿美元,总市值一路飙升至3500亿,被誉为“医疗界华为”,李西廷更因此获得了“呼吸机大王”的称号。

李西廷坦言:疫情让迈瑞的发展,提前了至少五年!

迈瑞成功了,李西廷也拥有了千亿身家。

可是,令人唏嘘的是,他早在2018年就移民新加坡,加入新加坡籍,曾经的豪言壮志不过是一句口号!

小编想问的是:

迈瑞以后是算外资还是内资?

还有没有政策扶持?

总不能什么便宜好事都占尽,最后赚得盆满钵满的,转身变成了外国友人!

在2022新加坡富豪榜上,我们又看到了一个熟悉的身影——立邦漆创始人吴清亮以130亿资产屈居第三 。

总有新人换旧人!

自张勇2019年成为新加坡首富以来,首富人选换了一茬又一茬,而不变的是他们都是中国移民。

谁将是未来替换李西廷新人呢?最近,新加坡媒体锁定了一个新目标:“支付宝女王”彭蕾!

“支付宝女王”彭蕾被爆出,和丈夫携巨额资产移民新加坡,并在当地购买了一套价值3亿人民币的大平层,引得新加坡媒体舆论热议:新加坡首富宝座或将易主!

网友们开始调侃:新加坡富豪榜,是“新加坡籍中国富豪榜”!

为何中国富豪们都如此热衷移民新加坡?

作为“全球合法避税天堂”,新加坡最吸引富豪的是“省钱”。新加坡是全球领先的私人银行和财富管理中心之一,拥有亚洲最为安全的银行。

移民新加坡+海外避税天堂公司+与内地有协定的香港公司——这是富豪们做税务筹划(避税)+资产保全的最基本的操作!

富豪们赚了大把的钱,更想省更多的税,而这钱,又不可能让他捐给国家和人民,更甭谈捐给地球和人类,他们只想牢牢的守住这些钱,做好财富的传承。

事实上,不管这些富豪们,是为了避税,还是为了企业发展的考虑,选择移民都是个人的权利,只要能创造价值,回馈社会,也无可厚非!

但小编个人觉得——人可以过去,但钱请留在国内!

在未来10年,我国富豪财富增速预计可达120%-130%。顶级富豪们的移民路径和资金走向,无疑将对国内甚至全球经济发展产生重要影响。

然而商人中也有真正的民族企业家,像中国首善曹德旺告诫子女一旦接受美国绿卡,则无法再继承他的财产,娃哈哈宗庆后则是强制要求全家注销绿卡。

然而像宗庆后、曹德旺这样的民族企业家毕竟是少数,所以2019年银监会公开表示,禁止通过开放式方式增加非标资金池业务,同时增加信托现金管理规模。

从限、留两方面稳住富豪,这意味着“非标”收缩已成必然。