All must be prepared for crisis

Though my family and I were in Rome when the Paris attacks took place, we could feel the tension in the Italian city, with the presence of security officers.

We were in Paris just days before the attacks. There were already armed soldiers patrolling the city then.

I respect the French for their coolness and for being united when faced with a crisis.

Terrorist attacks can happen everywhere, even in Singapore. We can learn from the French in how to react in a crisis.

Singapore's racial harmony and meritocratic system have set the foundation for how we can cope in such crises.

Sim Lim Onn