Friday, September 22, 2017

Zulfikar Shariff's detention under Singapore's Internal Secuirty Act makes Geroge Brandis vulnerable to blackmail, "moral suasion", and a range of other coercive methods

by Ganesh Sahathevan

Attorney-General George Brandis.

The detention of Zulfikar Shariff of Melbourne, by the Singapore Government under its Internal Security Act provisions, is likely to have provided the Singaporeans and their partners information on a number of Australian politicians, in particular the Attorney General George Brandis.

The Singaporeans would by now have obtained enough out of Zulfikar to determine how, and why he was allowed to freely and openly operate out of Melbourne, Victoria ,from where " he planned to hold training programmes to persuade young Singaporeans to join his extremist agenda of replacing Singapore's secular, democratic system with an Islamic state, by violence if necessary."

Zulfikar made no secret of his plans, often posting on Facebook messages such as these:

Zulfikar's postings contributed to the radicalisation of at least two other Singaporeans.
It was not as Zulfikar was an unknown.He did arrive in Australia in 2002 under a cloud, accused by none other than Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong of promoting Al Qaeda and its objectives in Singapore. Once here, as is now well known, he assumed a very high profile within the Muslim community,acting as the second in charge to Dr Abdul Rahim Ghouse, business associate of the Al-Qaeda financier Sheik Yassin Al-Kadi.
Brandis continues to maintain his silence, in Australia , about his dealings with Rahim Ghouse and Anwar Ibrahim, the former deputy prime minister of Malaysia.It is more likely than not that under questioning,Zulfikar has already provided the Singaporeans answers to those questions. That makes our Attorney General and potential High Commissioner to the UK vulnerable to blackmail, "moral suasion", and a range of  other coercive methods .

Saturday, August 19, 2017

by Ganesh Sahathevan

The fact that Anwar Ibrahim, a hero to some, is also in the picture should not provide any solace, given that Anwar's International Institute Of Islamic Thought was being at and around the time the photograph was taken being investigated in the United States for financing terrorism.

George Brandis QC, AG, needs to stand aside while the matter of his personal finances and funding obtained for political purposes is properly investigated.

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