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The Internal Security Department (Abbreviation: ISD; Chinese: Template:Linktext; pinyin: Xīn jiā pō nèi bù ān quán jú) is a domestic intelligence agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore. It was formerly part of the Ministry of Interior and Defence until it was split on 11 August 1970. It has the utmost right to detain without trial individuals suspected to be a threat to national security.

The stated mission is to confront and address security threats, including international terrorism, foreign subversion and espionage. The ISD also monitors and addresses potential threats from communism, prevention of racial tension which might affect the public peace, domestic counterterrorism, international counterterrorism, fraud against the state, surveillance, apprehension of suspected militants or terrorists and protection of Singapore's national borders.

Most of its manpower is based from the Singapore Police Force.[1]

The identity of ISD's director is not conspicuously made known to the public. Former directors include S R Nathan, Eddie Teo, Lim Chye Heng (acting),[2] Tjong Yik Min,[3] and Pang Kin Keong.[4] Many of them went on to take up higher offices, with S R Nathan subsequently becoming the President of Singapore; Eddie Teo becoming the chairman of the Public Service Commission, and Pang Kin Keong becoming Permanent Secretary in various ministries.

Legislation[edit | edit source]

The powers of investigation and arrest of the ISD are regulated by several laws, including:[5]

History[edit | edit source]

ISD was first established as part of the Special Branch in 1948 by the British colonial government. In 1963, it became part of the Malaysian Special Branch when Singapore joined the Malayan Federation. After Singapore gained independence, Internal Security Department was formally established on 17 February 1966.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

These events are related to ISD and internal security of Singapore.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  • Lee Kuan Yew. (1998). The Singapore Story. Federal Publications. ISBN 0-13-020803-5
  • Mathew Jones, “Creating Malaysia: Singapore Security, the Borneo Territories and the Contours of British Policy, 1961-1963” in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 28, No. 2, May 2000. pp. 85–109

External links[edit | edit source]

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