SINGAPORE, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday evening that it is taking action against several Myanmar nationals for using Singapore as a platform to organize and garner support for armed violence against the Myanmar government.
The ministry said the activity of these Myanmar nationals is inimical to Singapore's security, and any person, local or foreign, who engages in such activity will be dealt with firmly.
It said that investigations revealed that a group of Myanmar nationals in Singapore have organized and mobilized some members of the local Myanmar community to support the Arakan Army (AA) and its political wing, the United League of Arakan (ULA).
The Myanmar nationals investigated were found to be supporters of the AA. The ministry said that one of the individuals investigated has a direct relationship with a key AA leader, and at the behest of AA's leadership, he actively mobilized support among the local Arakan community, and coordinated AA's fund-raising efforts in the city-state.
The subjects investigated provided financial support to the AA, and one individual gave regular monthly contributions to the AA, the ministry added. Besides, all the individuals investigated were further involved in a recent celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the AA and ULA in Singapore.
According to the ministry, the immigration facilities of those found to be involved in activities of security concern will be cancelled, and they will be deported from Singapore.