New Phoenix Park, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
New Phoenix Park, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

Two Indonesian maids who were believed to have been radicalized by Islamists via the Internet have been repatriated by the Singaporean government. The two domestic helpers, aged 25 and 28, whose names were not revealed, had no plans to carry out any violence in Singapore and were not known to have influenced their friends in the country, said Desmond Lee Ti-Seng, the second minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of National Development, Reuters reported.

There have been a total of nine repatriations of radicalized foreign domestic workers since 2015.

The latest two were identified as ISIS supporters who had been  radicalized through social media, said Lee. He added that the government could not condone support for any radical ideologies, whether by locals or foreigners.

The 25-year-old woman has become the youngest person to be repatriated. After working in Singapore for two years, she had planned to fly to Syria with her boyfriend to join ISIS. Meanwhile the 28-year-old maid was single and had five years of experience as a domestic worker in Singapore, the Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao reported.

Between 2015 and 2016, the Singaporean government arrested 40 radicalized Bangladeshi migrant workers who it said were plotting violence in their homeland. All of them, except six who are serving jail terms for terrorism and terrorist financing, have been repatriated.

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