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WHO MOVED MY AMMONIUM NITRATE AGAIN????

We have asked this question before. $ingapore’s ISD claimed that the original 13 Singaporeans they detained were trying to buy 21 tonnes of ammonium nitrate to build truck bombs to attack US targets in $ingapore. Then the evidence of the ammonium nitrate got lost in the press.

First it was claimed four tonnes was actually bought and stored in southern Malaysia. But the Malaysian Special Branch also claimed four tonnes was bought by their detainee, Yazid Sufaat, to be used to make bombs for a holy war in Ambon. In any case, deputy prime minister Abdullah Badawi has said the four tonnes had since left Malaysia. Whose four tonnes? Who knows.

On Jan 24 2002, $ingapore’s nation-builder press finally told everyone that the four tonnes was now in Batam. They did not identify who told them this.

So we all woke up on Oct 21 2002 to read this:



The nation-builder press, Oct 21 2002.

Here’s what the nation-builder revealed:

"Osama bin Laden sent money to Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiah, to buy C4, the powerful explosive used in the Bali bombings…"

But the very next day, ammonium nitrate was back in the headlines:

The nation-builder press, Oct 22 2002.

Here’s what the nation-builder revealed:

"A powerful bomb fashioned from a potent mixture of between 50 to 100 kg of a fertilizer ingredient and plastic explosive was responsible for one of the twin blasts in Bali’s nightclub district, according to investigators."

"All the news that’s FIXED to print?"
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Oct 22 2002.

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…307 DAYS IN DETENTION AND COUNTING…

The original 13 Singaporeans were arrested under the ISA between Dec 9 and Dec 24 2001. They have been jailed without trial and there has been little news about them for 307 days. Of the 13 suspects, the only one to have admitted involvement in an Al-Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in $ingapore is Mohamed Nazir. Nazir is also the only one who is represented by a lawyer. No one is asking the $ingapore government to substantiate its claim in court.

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NO MORE GOOD YEARS

"There is no intelligence that you have terrorist cells active in Australia right now. But you are an ally of the US and you have spoken up strongly in favor of the US so you can expect terrorist groups will aim for American targets within Australia."
- Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Mar 7 2002.

"$ingapore’s misfortune teller."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Oct 19 2002.

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BLIND FAITH

Before the last General Election got underway, the PAP government made a whole bunch of promises. This was one of them:

The nation-builder press, Oct 28 2001.

Then almost ONE YEAR LATER, the Health Ministry announced that hospital charges must go up.



The nation-builder press, Sept 16 2002.

The report had the following headline clarifying the size of the government’s subsidies:



and then on Oct 12, 2002, the nation-builder press said this:



The nation-builder press, Oct 12 2002.

This is what the report said:

"If $ingaporeans want details of every treatment, every laboratory test and every drug taken during a hospital stay, so as to know exactly what they are paying for, their bills could run to 100 pages or more."

"CLOSE YOUR EYES $INGAPOREANS AND IMAGINE HOW THICK THE REPORT WOULD BE TO SHOW THE GOVERNMENT’S SUBSIDIES… THEN THINK."
- The young, restless and cynical Mirror of Opinion, Oct 12 2002.



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