Saturday, March 01, 2008

Selamat* Asean?

The escape of militant suspect Mas Selamat Kastari (The Straits Times pix) from a top security facility in Singapore has been hogging the headlines in the country for the past few days.

The news has raised plenty of eyebrows in Singapore. Many people wonder how the limping leader of the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militant network Jemaah Islamiah's Singapore cell could have walked out of the toilet of a detention centre in security-conscious Singapore.

The mystery is still being solved. In the meantime, it is heartening to read that Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia are working together to recapture the fugitive who had wanted to blow up the Changi Airport and hijack a Singapore plane.

It is heartening to see the cooperation of the three littoral states of Asean in tracking the fugitive despite many bilateral problems among them.

Sophie's World hopes that the three countries could apply the same urgency to resolve all their outstanding bilateral problems.

* Selamat means save or safety in Malay, obviously a little pun on the name of the fugitive. :-)