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Year Book : Year Book 2010
EDITORS’ CHOICE MICA (P) 191/11/2008 STraiTS TimeS Good film, but you won’t see it in cinemas here LIFE! PAGES D2&3 “This has to be my favourite page of the year because the Straits Times had its biggest scoop that day when we reported that Mas Selamat, Singapore’s most wanted terrorist who had escaped from a high-security detention centre, had been re-captured by Malaysian authorities in Johor. The news was as stunning and unexpected as when he had escaped in 2008. I remember well the excitement that night when we worked on the page - only a few people in the newsroom knew we had the story and we kept it under wraps for as long as we could. In any event, the news did leak out EditOR HAN FOOK KWANg but it took nothing away from the outstanding work of our senior regional correspondent Leslie Lopez who broke the story.” INTERVIEW WITH GRACE FU Helping children learn better INSIGHT, PAGES A22&23 The bad boy of fashion IN URBAN FOR BREAKING NEWS GO TO www.straitstimes.com REACH AND INTERACT ON www.stomp.com.sg SMS MMS 75557 1800-777-5557 WATCH OUR VIDEOS ON www.razor.tv Fugitive who escaped from Whitley detention centre last year is tracked down and captured in Johor after tip-off from Singapore; he is being held for interrogation by Malaysia BY LESLIE LOPEZ SENIOR REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen months after his audacious escape from detention in Singapore, Mas Selamat Kastari has been caught in Malaysia. Singapore’s most wanted terrorist was captured on April 1 while hiding in Johor, regional intelligence sources told The Straits Times. It is believed that he was nabbed in the outskirts of Johor Baru and is now being held by the Malaysian authorities for interrogation. It is not known how he slipped out of Singapore or when he entered Malaysia. Although he was arrested six weeks ago, the Malaysian authorities have not yet announced the capture. A senior Malaysian government offi- cial, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the arrest and said that Mas Selamat was being held under the country’s Internal Security Act. He declined to say when the terrorist would be handed over to the Singapore au- 126 PAGES IN SIX PARTS MAS SELAMAT CAPTURED thorities. It is believed that the fugitive had stayed in Johor all this time and had not travelled further north. He is also believed to be detained in Johor. Sources told The Straits Times that the 48-year-old was tracked down based on intelligence provided by Singapore’s Internal Security Department (ISD), and a joint operation by Malaysia and Singapore’s security agencies eventually led to his arrest. The capture of Mas Selamat brings to an end one of the largest manhunts ever undertaken by Singapore and its neighbours for a terrorist on the run. A source said that the Singapore side had picked up a lead on Mas Selamat’s trail towards the end of last year and pursued it. When that proved to be a credible lead, they passed on the information to the Malaysian authorities. Mas Selamat’s arrest would have oc- curred around the same time that the Malaysian authorities captured three other people for suspected activities linked to the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist network. They arrested Agus Salim, a 32-year-old Indonesian, in March and two Malaysians, Abdul Matin Anol Rahmat and Johar Hassan, on April 1. Mas Selamat’s capture would also mark the third time that the Singapore ISD – which came under tremendous pressure and incurred public wrath for allowing him to escape from detention – had tracked him down. Mas Selamat, who was born in Indone- CALL 6388-3838 TO SUBSCRIBE OR GO TO www.sphsubscription.com.sg sia but migrated to Singapore in his youth, is married and has five children – four boys and a girl. Recruited into the religious council of the Singapore JI cell in 1992, he later be- CONTINUED ON PAGE A3 Singapore role in arrest Intelligence provided by Singapore’s Internal Security Department late last year led to a joint operation between Malaysia and Singapore’s security agencies that eventually saw them arresting Mas Selamat in Johor in April. It was not the first time PAGE 2: “That the Singapore and Malaysian security agencies work closely is well-known. Mas Selamat’s capture is yet another affirming signal of how such cooperation can pay dividends.” – Associate Editor Zuraidah Ibrahim PAGE 4: Mas Selamat's life on the run that information from Singapore helped to nab the escape artist. In February 2003, tip-offs by the Singapore authorities had led Indonesian police to monitor Mas Selamat’s movements after he arrived in Indonesia. They tracked him to Tanjung Pinang in Bintan, arresting him just after he arrived by ferry from Dumai in Riau. After Mas Selamat was released in August 2005, the Singapore police made another request to their Indonesian counterparts to track him again. In January 2006, they found him at a neighbourhood mosque in Sengkaling, East Java. He was handed over to Singapore the following month. FRIDAY, MAY 8 2009 ● A SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS PUBLICATION ESTABLISHED 1845 90 CENTS ** 2008 Newspaper of the Year PANPA Under 20,000 category www.bdtimes.com.au SER www.bdtimes.com.au VING THE REGION SINCE 1903 A West Australian Newspapers Publication Page 3 Accolade for teacher FOI reveals cost blowout CLAREALLEN GOVERNMENT documents obtained through a Freedom of Information search have revealed the cost of a new Busselton hospital wouldnowbe $120m, while a part-refurbished facility at Mill Road has been considered by the government since November last year. Action Group has received folders of informationfromHealthMinisterKimHa-mes, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls and Treasurer Troy Buswell after the FOI request for a search on any documents relating to the proposed Busselton Hospital rebuild. The Busselton Hospital Community said the FOI documents had shown the community’s fears of a patched-up, refurbished hospital were ‘‘unfortunately, well founded.’’ Action group spokesman Gary Norden note for Mr Buswell in March, before he delivered his first budget, indicated the hospital was to be a ‘‘part new, part refurbishment.’’ He said a government staff briefing ber showed the department had investigated various options for the Mill Road site and the Vasse Newtown location. Four out of five options for Mill Road included part refurbishment, ranging from $76.6m to $120m for the new build at both sites. A separate briefing note from Novem- ‘‘When we were running our petition, community members made it clear that they wanted anewhospital aswaspromised,’’ Mr Norden said. told the people of Albany that refurbishment of an old hospital is a second rate, patch-up option and that only anewhospital offers the best outcomes. It appears the Government believe that second rate ‘‘The Government has consistently is good enough for Busselton.’’ The options include a refurbished birthing unit, minor refurbishments of back of house, a new emergency department and a minor refurbishment of staff amenities. The cost estimated for each option varied dependent on the level of private investment and whether aged care facilities were included. mentwould disrupt existing services and noise and dust could affect staff, patients and surrounding households. The investigation noted a refurbish- AbodyisremovedfromthebeachwhereitwaswasheduponPeppermintGroveBeachyesterday. PICTURES: DEREK POOL Therecommendations from the investigation were exempted from the FOI search results. Separate briefing notes, also in FOI documents from Minister Hames’ office, showed the environmental footprint of a hospital on the Mill Road site would impact on possums. It was also suggested earthworksshouldnotgodeeperthan1m as they would disturb contamination from its former use as a timber mill. Minister Hames told the Times it was envisaged the majority of the Busselton Health Campus would comprise of new build and new facilities, some to be run by the private health providers. ‘‘Where some elements of an existing building can be refurbished to contemporary health conditions and standards, this option will also be explored, however the bulk of the development will be new buildings. It is expected the theatre suite and emergency department will be new build facilities,’’ Dr Hames said. with the private health providers had concluded it was too early to predict what the likely mix of services would be. Dr Hames said until the discussions Mr Buswell was in Parliament this week and unavailable for comment. A police officer after the discovery late yesterday morning. THE body believed to be of missing German backpacker Jan-Christian Bielenberg was found washed up on a Capel Beach yesterday morning, on the same day he was due to leave Australia and fly home. Bunbury Detective Senior Sergeant Kylie Whiteley confirmed yesterday they believed the body to be of Bielenberg, 20, who was last seen in the early hours of July 30 after he locked himself out of his room at the Dolphin Retreat and Lodge in Bunbury. Capel women Tiana Lintott and Sarah Stapleton, who work for horse trainer Ross Price, were riding horses on the beach, 30km south of Bunbury, when they discovered the body. Det-Sgt Whiteley said she hoped formal identification would happen within days. SAVE ENERGY... 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We have informed them that we do believe the body to be that of their son, but we must also await those forensic results in the next few days.’’ ‘‘At this point intimethefam- There was no evidence Mr Bielenberg had been victim of foul play, Det-SgtWhiteleysaid. has been in the water for some time and had drowned,’’ she said. ‘‘It appears at this stage he His parents, who came to Australia to join the search last week, were due to fly home tonight, but could remain in Australia while an autopsy is completed. —GeorgiaLoney Page 5 Judy retires after 21 years buSSelTon dunSborougH TimeS on fire to attract attention and get help. However, for strength of sto- ries I have chosen our August 14 edition. Our senior journalist Clare Allen wrote a great lead on FOI documents which revealed the controversial Busselton Hospital costs had blown out. The story revealed the State Government was going to break its promise for a new Busselton Hospital in light of the increasing costs and would instead refurbish the old hospital. We also ran pictures and a ALL FILMS 99% UV BLOCKOUT “There were so many great front pages in 2009, it was hard to narrow the field. A standout was our front page photograph of a local Rotarian in his Y-fronts promoting an underwear drive. Then there was an exclusive interview we had with a Busselton pilot who crash-landed his aeroplane and set hay bales story about the body of a backpacker washing up on a local beach. The story broke on deadline morning and was extremely timely for the paper.” EditOR HAyLEy jENSz PANPA 2010 Year Book 13 8 MAy 2009 14 AUgUST 2009 a Sung a 6014.3 6014.8 Tint is now D o rd Su per August only 10% off all car and home tinting Store! Without tinting With tinting
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