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DPM Wong Kan Seng explains JI escape

Posted by theonlinecitizen on April 21, 2008

Video of Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng giving an account in Parliament of the events leading up to Mas Selamat Kastari’s escape.

For more videos of today’s Parliamentary proceedings, visit Channel NewsAsia.

International news reports
Reuters: Militant escaped without trousers, remains in Singapore
Associated Press: Singapore details terror suspect escape
Forbes: Investor confidence in Singapore unshaken despite terrorist’s escape – minister

International Herald Tribune: Singapore says terrorism suspect escaped through bathroom

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19 Responses to “DPM Wong Kan Seng explains JI escape”

  1. mrtoastbox said

    There is no need to watch the video.

    I have neatly summarized the entire COI report in one graphic.

    http://unbrandedbreadnbutter.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/toilet-break-season-3-4-idiots-and-a-baby/

  2. Dingo said

    Oh my I wonder what is the fate of the guards he’s mentioning..

  3. At last, the 1948 Show!

    With LKY, who needs COI?

    I’m wiser now at http://feedmetothefish.blogspot.com/

    Is it going to get better with PM taking centre stage tomorrow?

    Not another, “What to do, it’s happened” I hope 🙂

    Feedmetothefish

  4. […] Posted by jaronliu on April 22, 2008 DPM Wong Kan Seng explains JI Mas Selamat escape […]

  5. Kaffein said

    WKS:
    While he acknowledged complacency in the operations of the detention centre, Mr Wong dismissed suggestions that his ministry had been complacent in supervising its departments.

    He said: “Within individual units, there could be some slackening in some ways. I can’t guarantee that would not happen because in any human organisation, there would be human weaknesses displayed and unfortunately, things do happen that we don’t want to see.”

    Pfftt. That’s why we are paying you top dollar to ensure the workings of your ministry. If human errors happen, heads roll. Anyway, blaming on human error is really a weak excuse/reason. If you expect top dollar, expect to handle top dollar responsibilities and ownership.

    Kaffein

  6. sarek_home said

    He said: “Within individual units, there could be some slackening in some ways. I can’t guarantee that would not happen because in any human organisation, there would be human weaknesses displayed and unfortunately, things do happen that we don’t want to see.”

    “Within individual units, there could be some slackening in some ways. because the leaders of those units are slacking. These leaders are slacking because the leaders leading them are slacking. The ultimately, it is the top leader that is slacking results in the slacking down the chain of command.

    “I can’t guarantee that would not happen”, then we should find someone who can.

  7. Alan Wong said

    WKS has taken the easy way out to lay the blame squarely on the GC guards. Something is just missing in the whole report.

    1) No mention was made of how the design of the detention centre was commissioned. Whoever was in charge must either be amateurs in security planning or experts in the design of escape routes for potential escapists.

    2) The ledge in the urinal cabinet & the top hung window which can open out are so inviting for any potential escapist.

    2) Why do we need the window to be top hung when there is already an adjacent exhaust fan for ventilation purpose ?

    3) Why do we have a door for the urinal cubicle for privacy when it is afterall meant to be shared by 2 urinals ?

    4) Why do they need to have CCTVs installed if they are not meant to be commissioned ? Nobody has provide any information as to when the CCTVs were meant to be commissioned.

    5) Doesn’t it occur to any of the 3 guards that a men’s piss at the urinal should not have taken more than a minute of waiting ?

    6) And definitely wasn’t it strange that a man would need to remove the trousers in order to piss at the urinal ?

    And it was even stranger for WKS to answer “The guard might have thought that for whatever reason, Mas Selamat needed to take off his pants while at the urinal”. My further question for WKS is : How can you even know what the guard MIGHT have thought ?

    Is this the type of world class talents that we have which our leaders are constantly boasting to the whole world ?

  8. hmm... said

    does it take 7 weeks to build a new toilet at Whitley?? It looks brand new.

  9. macktheknife said

    Sack the Man i say!! I pissed!

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  11. nicholas said

    One thing I can confirm. The skin of WKS is very thick, probably the “thickest” in Singapore. Not even a hint of volunteering to take a paycut, let alone resign as minister.

  12. hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah..whenever i look at the f*&king face! hahahahahahahahaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahah

  13. patriot said

    I am impressed, very impressed indeed by DPM WONG KAN SENG!
    Human weaknesses have caused events to happen, my god, and we all should know humans are prone to weaknesses and therefore things happened! So blame everybodys’ weakness not the person and people.

    Yes, we all know corruption, abuse of power and impropriety are inherent human weaknesses, so blames should go to human nature not the man.

    patriot.

  14. Weijia said

    I wonder whether there is any significance to the recommendation for ISD to take over the detention centre. Hmmmmmmmm.

    and please. i wish our “leaders” will answer questions properly for ONCE.

  15. Dingo said

    Is it just me or does he have a funny way of saying “Mas Selamat”.

  16. Observer said

    Something is very wrong in this whole episode. Just cannot put the finger on what it is exactly.

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  19. Daniel said

    “DPM Wong Kan Seng explains JI escape”

    We are now more interested to hear how himself can manage a great escape of accountability and responsibility than Selamat’s escape. He make a bigger blunder more serious than Selamat.

    And really, his traits of leadership are similar to PM Lee. That is irresponsibility, incompetence, ineptness, devoid of respect and credibility. No wonder both are protecting each other because both have the words Prime Minister in their title , one genuine clown and another Deputy clown.

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