You can be sure that Singapore will continue to learn as many lessons as possible on how to be better in as many things as possible, not only in this Mas Selamat case. That's to ensure that Singapore Also Can. According to reports in the Straits Times, May 8, 2009, Singapore's Internal Security Department provided the intelligence late last year that enabled a joint operation by Malaysia and Singapore's security agencies to eventually capture the fugitive in Johor on April 1 (and it is not an April Fool's joke. ) Being 'free' for 13 months, Selamat took the opportunity to plot further terrorist activities to harm Singapore and probably elsewhere until his arrest. 48-year-old Mas Selamat was born in Central Java in Jan 1961 and migrated with his family to Singapore where he was educated in an English medium primary school and later got married with 5 kids in the 1980s. In 1990 he joined Darul Islam, a movement that had fought for an Islamic state in Indonesia in the 1950s. DI is believed to have spawned several key leaders of the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorist network, inclduing its founders. In 1992 he was recruited into the religious council of the Singapore JI cell. He went to Afghanistan for military training in 1993 and returned there in 1998 for one month to observe the Taleban system of government. In 1999 the alleged JI operations chief Hambali chose Selamat to take over as the leader of JI operations in Singapore. In December 2001, Selamat fled Singapore after the Singapore government cracked down on JI terrorists and arrested 13 suspects. Selamat made his way to Medan and then Bali in Indonesia, via Malaysia and Thailand. Thankfully, the arrests thwarted plans by JI to attack the Singapore Yishun MRT station and US naval vessels in Singapore. In revenge, Selamat was believed to have discussed with Hambali a plan to crash an American, British or Singapore plane into Changi Airport. In Feb 2003, tip-offs by the Singapore authorities had led Indonesian police to monitor Mas Selamat's movements after he arrived in Indonesia. They traced him to Tanjung Pinang in Bintan and arrested him just after he arrived by ferry from Dumai in Riau. He had a genuine Indonesian passport then, issued in Surabaya, with a false indentity and name Edi Haryanto. After Mas Selamat was released in August 2005, the Singapore police made another request to their Indonesian counterparts to track him again. In Jan 2006, they found him at a neighbourhood mosque in Sengkaling, East Java. He was handed over to Singapore the following month. The above events showed how a seemingly innocent boy can be brainwashed to become a highly dangerous terrorist with supporting network in the region and elsewhere. It also showed how cooperation by the Intelligence Services of the neighbouring countries, in this case, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore can help to reduce the terrorist threat. But no security system is full-proof as even the most powerful country in the world, the US, had experienced during 9/11. In Singapore's case, and as what Zuraidah Ibrahim has said in her writeup in the Straits Times: "Meanwhile, if nothing else, Singaporeans may have learnt from Mas Selamat's escape the costs of complacency. His recapature should teach us the value of patience and persistence.