Parliament: Larger Singapore society must play a part the defence against terror threats

A terror attack exercise at Kallang Wave Mall on May 9, 2015.
A terror attack exercise at Kallang Wave Mall on May 9, 2015.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Besides the security agencies, the larger Singapore society must also play a part in defending itself against terrorist threats, said Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Monday (March 14).

"Singaporeans need to help to safeguard family and friends from becoming radicalised. Employers need to pay attention to goings-on in workers' dormitories," said Mr Shanmugam, adding that workers too, can report suspicious activities that they may come across.

Replying to Madam Fatimah Lateef (Marine Parade GRC) who asked what the Home Affairs Ministry's efforts and plans were to identify possible radicalised individuals, Mr Shanmugam said his ministry will be announcing some plans soon.

In January, the Government announced the arrests late last year of the 27 Bangladeshis who were plotting to launch terror attacks in their home country. The group, which supported the armed radical ideology of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, had been meeting at various mosques island-wide since 2013.