The first Singaporean was imprisoned for terrorist financing

The first Singaporean was imprisoned for terrorist financing

SINGAPORE: A 35-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced on Thursday (Oct. 17) to 30 months in prison for terrorist financing after sending a hate-teller more than $ 1,000.

Former information technology engineer Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman is the first Singaporean to be sentenced under the Terrorism (Financing Suppression) Act.

In July 2016, he had given $ 1,059 and another $ 62 (about $ 87 million) in September of that year to a preacher on the Caribbean island of Jamaica who facilitated terrorist acts, according to court documents. & Nbsp;

Hussein was arrested by the Internal Security Department in July 2018. He was detained under the Internal Security Act in August 2018 because he was found to be radicalized and wanted to conduct armed violence in Syria in support of the Islamic State, the court heard.

He was aware that Sheikh Abdullah was a "radical preacher" who advocated the use of violence against "Muslims who attack a Muslim region or location" and was previously arrested for proclaiming violence in the UK.

The hater was convicted and sentenced in the United Kingdom in 2003 to nine years' imprisonment for ordering the murder of Jews, Americans, Hindus and Christians and using words that threaten to incite racial hatred.

After serving his sentence for four years, Sheikh Abdullah was deported to Jamaica, where he is constantly monitored by Jamaican specialty investigators and

"Despite the fact that Sheikh Abdullah's preaching was deeply violent, the accused turned to Sheikh Abdullah and succeeded in communicating with him through Facebook, e-mail and Whatsapp," said Deputy Public Prosecutor Chong Yonghui & nbsp. ;

"The accused was willing to donate, and in fact made donations, even though he had reason to believe that the money donated by him would be used in its entirety for Sheikh Abdullah, a terrorist facilitator," according to court documents.

To conceal evidence, he deleted emails from his email account as well as an email account linked to his Facebook account that contained information about his interaction with Sheikh Abdullah. & Nbsp;

"The accused admitted that he considered the donation a" risky "transaction because he had sent (money) to a broker of Sheikh Abdullah, a preacher of violent religious ideology, and was aware that there could be trouble & nbsp; donation, ”the court was told.

In his sentencing statement, Mr Chong said: "Given Singapore's unique social environment, emphasizing the importance of religious harmony and tolerance, it cannot be overemphasized that the public interest requires unambiguous relief for crime-related crimes, since such terrorist and radical rhetoric is funded. a very large part of society. "

Emotions were high after this year's PSLE ​​math paper. And again the question arose: Are our children being asked too much? Talking Point is looking for answers.

SINGAPORE: Even though the emotional journey for about 40,000 students ended last week as they collected their PSLE ​​scores, the journey for others has begun - and not just for next year's cohort.

For example, PSLEMath takes children from preschool to sixth grade so that they can "prepare for a common goal: the PSLE ​​math exam," said founder Jason Hiak.

As he explained, the simple concepts taught in preschool are the same as "slowly becoming complex issues that can be tested in PSLE". "If you start (tuition) at preschool, you have the advantage," he said.

A ten-week lesson at his center cost $ 400- $ 500, and while preparation for preschool for PSLE ​​seems a bit extreme, it is a question of supply and demand.

And there is always the opportunity to take advantage of any furore on PSLE ​​maths, such as this year's 2nd book, which made headlines about students' tears and parents calling it "extraordinarily difficult."

Soon, the questions were not viral online as solutions were posted by different learning centers. Some centers also said that they would go a step further in compiling these questions and brainstorming "all possible solutions".

But is PSLE ​​math too complicated without tuition fees? Is the model method the key to answering difficult questions? And are hard papers the reason for Singapore's top math ranking?

But parent Giri Vedha - who coached her older son for the 2015 exam and will do the same for her younger son, who will be in elementary 6 next year - found that this year's questions are more complex than before.

"Parents are a little sad because… very difficult questions are coming," he said. “The kids are frustrated and they still have tests, so they come home crying. What can parents do? "

So, to find out how difficult the questions may be, Talking Point brought together two bright minds to answer some of what parents had the most attention on, including in the past. (See it here.)

Ear, nose and throat surgeon Barrie Tan is a presidential scientist who scored A * in his PSLE ​​math in 1987; Bachelor Sim Cher Boon is an ethical hacker who recently won the Cyber ​​Investigators' Challenge.

And even they couldn't solve everything. Tan got five out of five correct answers, but was completely confused about the last question, saying that he "doesn't know what to put in the calculator to unravel the question magically".

"I thought to myself, 'Wow, if kids get into this early in Book 2 and it shakes their confidence, how can they handle other issues? ""

Sim answered three questions correctly, but it included the last one. It was not something he had learned at school, but what his hacking experience helped him understand. "I have to look at it from a different angle," he explained.

“Usually when you think out of the box, one of the first things you see is… patterns. And pattern lubrication is the thing I do to find problems with websites. "

But the method does solve basic "fairly challenging math problems," said math teacher Yeap Ban Har, who showed how it could solve a PSLE ​​issue on social media.

But he warned parents not to just drill their children to prepare for PSLE. "The most important thing is developing visuals," said Yeap, who is considered a mathematician in Singapore and abroad.

Although some parents were dissatisfied with issues not covered by the curriculum, the Singapore Examination and Evaluation Council (SEAB) told Talking Point that the PSLE ​​questions were based on the subjects taught in the syllabuses.

The purpose of the questions is to assess students' ability to understand and apply mathematical concepts in this context, using the information provided.

“There is also a balance between basic, medium and challenging issues to ensure a broad range of student abilities. The challenging questions are broken down into supporting candidates' attempts ... and guiding them towards a solution, "said a SEAB spokesman.

"The designation of solutions shall be based on the general principle that all solutions which demonstrate the correct understanding and application of the mathematical concepts and skills required in a matter shall be given in their entirety."

Singapore's mathematics program has been revised several times over the years. From 1965 to 1979, many of the primary and secondary textbooks used here were imported from other countries. Singapore then published its mathematics program in the 1980s.

In the 2000s, the focus on memorization decreased as more emphasis was placed on conceptual and strategic thinking. Finally, students in Singapore began to outperform other countries in this issue.

This is how other countries began to notice and adapt Singapore mathematics to their curriculum. According to the method, Singapore mathematics is tougher than other countries.

This may explain why the latest International Student Assessment Program (Pisa) saw the Republic rank above Hong Kong and Macao in mathematics. And one of the reasons Singapore students passed the Pisa test could be PSLE.

"The PSLE ​​paper tests them for critical thinking, especially math," said Melina Tan, director of enrichment center School Travel Programs. "Pisa also tests children for critical thinking."

"So when they do the Pisa test, they have it tested," he said. "They are trained for this ... Singapore maths are different because it makes your mind think harder and more thoroughly."

Although the curriculum is complex, SEAB stated that, on average, there is a steady percentage of students who can solve difficult issues year after year.

“We also want to emphasize that PSLE ​​is just one of many checkpoints in a child's education. We encourage parents to continue to give their children full support, ”said a spokeswoman.

"I remind my kids that there are always tough challenges in life, like exams - and it's okay if we don't get that perfect result," he said.

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