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S'pore has to counter misuse of social media by extremists to promote Syrian conflict, says Minister Heng Swee Keat

Published on Jun 7, 2014 2:33 PM
 
Thousands of foreign fighters from some 50 countries have gone to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Singaporeans are "not immune to the call to fight", said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Saturday. -- ST PHOTO: TED CHEN

SINGAPORE - Thousands of foreign fighters from some 50 countries have gone to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Singaporeans are "not immune to the call to fight", said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Saturday.

This is especially so because extremists have employed the Internet and social media to promote their cause, he said adding that Singapore has to counter this misuse of social media.

Mr Heng noted that the conflict, alongside unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, has fed into the "terrorist narrative that there is a global jihad that Muslims must be a part of".

As such, "many governments anticipate that the Syrian conflict will...lead to the perpetuation of the terrorism menace for years to come," said Mr Heng at the 10th annual retreat of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG).

 
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