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MHA Foils China-Born New Citizen’s Plan to Fight ISIS Wearing His Army Number 4

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For once, Singapore’s army green could have been involved in actual warfare.

Alas, the Ministry of Home Affairs intervened and arrested one chap who forgot that the classic army song goes “Train to be a leader and fight for OUR land…” lah.

China-born new citizen Wang Yuandongyi had brought along his army uniform and boots, as he travelled to Syria to help Kurdish troops battle ISIS.

But he was grabbed halfway through the trip and sent back to Singapore.

An unnamed person had become aware of his plans and made a police report.

Wang had read about the plight of the Kurds and how they were getting trounced by ISIS forces.

In February, he upped and left to join them, but was arrested under the Internal Security Act for intending to engage in armed conflict overseas.

The MHA says he has been placed on a Restriction Order, which limits his movements and activities.

He will also go for psychological counselling.

The 23-year-old had arrived in Singapore as a child and was educated here.

He completed National Service and obtained his citizenship in 2014.

The ministry said in its release that the Government “takes a stern view against anyone who supports, promotes, undertakes or makes preparations to undertake armed violence, regardless of how they rationalise such violence ideologically, or where the violence takes place”.

“In the case of Wang, even though his motivation to join the Kurdish militia group and fight against ISIS in Syria was not ideologically-driven, the fact remains that he intended to engage in an armed conflict overseas.

Three other Singaporeans have also been arrested under the ISA for taking up arms and fighting in the Yemen sectarian conflict.

They are 27-year-old Mohammad Razif Yahya, 53-year-old Amiruddin Sawir, and 25-year-old Mohamed Mohideen Mohamed Jais.

All three had been educated in religious studies at a Yemen school in the past.

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