Is Singapore doing enough to fight online youth radicalisation?Expert say creating safe spaces for youths is crucial in prevention, as self-radicalised teens get younger

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SINGAPORE — A Secondary 3 student, just 15 years old, became the youngest person to be dealt with under Singapore’s terrorism law. The teenager was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for terrorism-related activities, which involved planning knife attacks to behead non-Muslims in popular tourist areas in Singapore.

The young man had become self-radicalised last year after viewing ISIS’s beheading and suicide bombing videos online. He had even entertained thoughts of becoming a suicide bomber himself, fantasising about exploding himself.

This trend of self-radicalisation among the youth has been a growing concern in Singapore. In a parliamentary oral reply during March this year, Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, the Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development, said that the number of self-radicalised youths has increased and is getting younger.

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