Restriction order allowed to lapse for Singaporean member of militant group detained in 2011

SINGAPORE - The restriction order issued against a Singaporean member of a Philippines-based militant group was allowed to lapse this month, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Thursday (June 29).

Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamad was detained under the Internal Security Act in June 2011. He was released two years later and issued with a restriction order.

He had undergone training at the Moro Islamic Liberation Front's (MILF) Camp Abu Bakar in Mindanao, an island in the southern Philippines, and aided the group in procuring funds and components for weapons.

MHA said in a statement that Abdul Majid was cooperative and responsive to rehabilitation while on restriction order, and no longer requires further supervision under it.

Restriction orders limit someone's personal freedom - he may not change his residence, employment or travel out of Singapore without official approval. He also cannot issue public statements or join organisations without the authorities' approval.

Abdul Majid, a businessman who lived in Kuala Lumpur, was first arrested in Malaysia in May 2011.

He was held under Malaysia's Internal Security Act on suspicion of channelling funds and giving logistical support to the MILF, before he was handed over to the Singapore authorities.