Counter Terrorism by Standing Together: Yaacob

As part of the nation-wide SGSecure movement to prepare Singaporeans for a terror attack, officers from the police and civil defence force as well as actors simulated a “terror attack” outside Upper Boon Keng Market and Food Centre on Sunday (11 Jun) at the Kolam Ayer’s Emergency Preparedness Day.

Such community events will happen across all 89 constituencies, and is “a visual way of telling people what they should do”, said Mr Ronald, head of the community emergency and engagement grassroots committee in Kolam Ayer. “They should run, hide and tell (the police)”, and not take a video of the incident, he added.

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim, the MP for the area, called on residents to do their part to counter terrorism.

He urged Singaporeans to stand together and not spread rumours to cause distrust among our community, which he says will be “playing straight into the hands of the terrorists, whose goals are to sow hatred and fear”.

Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, also encouraged people to tell authorities if anyone around them behaves differently from usual and has radical views. This view was echoed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing at a break fast event on Sunday (11 Jun).

The event saw 300 Muslim residents from rental flats in Henderson Road breaking fast with their non-Muslim neighbours, to which Mr Chan added that such events, though small, are significant as they build social cohesion, foster mutual understanding and minimise mutual distrust.

He warned that the terror threat is very real, adding that terrorists are not only trying to harm and kill innocent people, but also to disrupt normalcy and break up social cohesion.

If an attack happens, the most important way to overcome terrorists is to restore normalcy quickly, he said. “We must make sure we continue to bond closer together, go about our daily life as normally as we can.”

Source: “Yaacob: Stand together when terror attack happens” (The Straits Times, 12 June 2017)

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