At no time was there a threat to the children under her care: MP Cheng Li Hui on ISA detainee

PCF Sparkletots Preschool on June 12, 2017.
PCF Sparkletots Preschool on June 12, 2017.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE -The radicalised infant care assistant detained under the Internal Security Act never posed a threat to the children under her care, said Tampines GRC MP Cheng Li Hui on Monday (June 12).

Ms Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, 22, was a contract worker at the PCF Sparkletots Preschool at Block 385 Tampines Street 32.

The pre-school, located in Ms Cheng's Tampines East ward, is run by the charity wing of the People's Action Party (PAP) - the PAP Community Foundation.

In a Facebook post, Ms Cheng reassured parents that their children were safe.

"Some Singaporeans, especially, parents may be disturbed that she was a infant care assistant and in contact with children," she said.

"We have been and will continue to work with the authorities and would like to assure parents that at no time was there a threat to the children under her care."

The Early Childhood Development Agency (Ecda), which regulates the early childhood sector, said it had visited the centre.

"Based on our interactions with staff, we have assessed the children to be safe and well cared for," said an Ecda spokesman in a statement.

As an infant care assistant, Izzah worked under supervision in providing routine care to infants aged two to 18 months in the centre.

Her duties included helping to feed the infants, change diapers and playtime.

"In the course of work, Izzah would always have a trained staff supervising her," said the Ecda spokesman.

Parents picking their children up from the centre on Monday afternoon were given a letter signed by Ms Cheng, informing them of the news.

They were also told that they could contact the centre's staff, including its principal, if they had any questions.

Most parents declined to speak to reporters, or said they were not worried.

Some, like financial consultant Hong Wai Ling, 26, were surprised by the news.

She was at the centre to pick up her four-year-old daughter who joined the centre this year.

"I'd be worried if she influenced the kids, but they're too young anyway,"she said.