Send a clear signal in fight against terrorism

While many people might be sympathetic towards the family members who did not report Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari for pro-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) activities, and who even deliberately destroyed important evidence to mitigate the impact on her, the authorities need to be firm in taking action against them (First woman held under ISA for pro-ISIS activities; June 13).

The parents are freelance Quranic teachers - are they registered with the authorities such as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis)?

I hope there are rules to regulate freelance religious teachers. Such teachers should also come under the ambit of proper and formalised bodies for better monitoring and control.

A strong signal needs to be sent to people like Izzah. They need to know that no effort would be spared by the authorities in the fight against terror and terror-related activities.

This war is not one to be delegated to the state. It is everyone's responsibility.

Only when everyone plays his part would we be able to ensure that such activities are detected.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Yaacob Ibrahim rightfully stated that we are not here to condemn the person. We are condemning the act, and this message must be sent out loudly.

Rajasegaran Ramasamy

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'Send a clear signal in fight against terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe