Raise alert if someone you know is being radicalised: Shanmugam

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam pointed out that people have a responsibility to report possibly radicalised individuals to the authorities.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam pointed out that people have a responsibility to report possibly radicalised individuals to the authorities. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Come forward and alert law enforcement agencies if your family members or friends are being led astray by extremist ideology.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam called on the community to do this yesterday in the light of recent terror attacks, pointing out that people have a responsibility to report possibly radicalised individuals to the authorities.

"You are helping that person, you are helping society, you are helping the country. When you keep quiet and an attack like this happens... you are doing a serious injustice to the system," he said.

Last week, the Home Affairs Ministry released a report that said the threat to Singapore was "very serious". It said people must be alert to signs of radicalisation in those they know, as families and friends have knowingly withheld information from the authorities in some cases.

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Mr Shanmugam said information on further arrests here and what families did or did not do will be released in the next few weeks.

 

He also listed four other ways to counter the terror threat:

• People must condemn violence clearly and unequivocally;

• Community and religious leaders have to foster unity and integration, not sow division;

• Guard against anti-Muslim sentiments, which appear to be on the rise;

• Take part in the SGSecure movement to prepare for a crisis.

"The threat to Singapore is at a fairly credible level and, though we don't have specific intelligence of an actual threat, we have to be vigilant," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2017, with the headline ''Raise alert if someone you know is being radicalised''. Print Edition | Subscribe