Stay united to thwart terror threat: PM Lee

Emergency Preparedness day at Teck Ghee.ST VIDEO: CHONG ZI LIANG
Members of the Singapore Police Force participate in a simulated terror attack during the Emergency Preparedness Day at Teck Ghee constituency on Sunday (March 19).
Members of the Singapore Police Force participate in a simulated terror attack during the Emergency Preparedness Day at Teck Ghee constituency on Sunday (March 19).PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday called on Singaporeans to strengthen community bonds and stay united to thwart the menace of terrorism.

The stronger the bonds forged with neighbours and friends of other races, the less able the terrorists will be to divide Singaporeans, said Mr Lee at an event in Teck Ghee to raise awareness about SGSecure, the national movement to prepare the public for the fight against terror.

The Prime Minister announced a new initiative to equip grassroots leaders and volunteers in all 89 constituencies with the skills and knowledge to help residents overcome the psychological trauma inflicted by a terrorist attack.

 
 

Teams of psychologists and counsellors will train volunteers in psychological first aid - one of two new enhancements under SGSecure.

The SGSecure mobile application has also been updated, to allow subscribers to receive customised alerts on emergency incidents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2017, with the headline 'Stay united to thwart terror threat: PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe