I’m sure you do! His face was plastered everywhere in Singapore when he mysteriously escaped from detention in February 2008. And was recaptured in Johor Bahru on April 1, 2009. This major event had surfaced an important team of people whom we, the general public, don’t really see or know about. I’m talking about the Internal Security Department.

Huh? What Internal? What’s that?” – that’s your reaction right? Yap! Mine too! But thanks to this opportunity to help spread words about the career fair for Ministry of Home Affairs (and also thanks to help from google), I am now less bimbo-tic on such things. *coughs*

Alright, so what is ISD? And what do they do? If you want to read the corporate and proper version about ISD, please go here. I am going to try explain it based on my own understanding.

Basically, ISD aka the Internal Security Department, are the ones countering any threats, terrorism, prevention of racial tension and also IT security! Yap! If the internet is being attacked, ISD are the ones who’ll be fighting it.

This group of people working at ISD manages and deals with highly classified stuff, hence there are little awareness about them and what they do. But there is a wiki page on them with not much information either.

To put ISD’s work in context, the following are some of the key events which involved the resources from the Internal Security Department…

  • The Maria Hertogh riots in 1950. This you cannot not know about right? We study about this riot back in school.
  • In 1965, the MacDonald House bombing by Indonesian saboteurs that killed 3 people.
  • The bombing attack plot by the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in 2001.
  • And the recent (and my title for this post) long manhunt for Mas Selamat.

If you would like to find out more about a career or how life is like being part of the Internal Security Department, pop by Marina Square this weekend at the Ministry of Home Affairs Career Fair 2010

Date: 15th – 17th January 2010 (Fri – Sun)
Time: 11.30am – 9.30pm daily
Venue: Marina Square Central Atrium

You can post your questions to the Home Team on their facebook page.

Home in on a career that makes a real difference

Real. Rewarding. Respectable.

Disclaimer: This post is a paid advertorial to create awareness for MHA’s career fair.