Voices Of Youth

Learn to deal with chemical attacks

I felt reassured when I read the report (Singapore setting up network of radiation sensors; June 18) .

This move is critical for public safety. With the progress of warfare and battle technology, we need to upgrade our current defences, so that we are well-equipped to deal with threats that come from the use of hazardous materials.

This extensive network may be costly, but the emerging threats take all forms and texture, and the chances of these threats materialising cannot be shrugged off.

Presently, the emphasis is on what citizens can do in the eventuality of a terrorist attack.

The Government needs to also start educating citizens on the safety procedures to take in the event of a chemical attack. This could be done by conducting more public drills and exercises.

More sophisticated and non-confrontational methods are redefining warfare. Let's step up and get our citizens prepared.

Justin Chua, 13

Secondary 2 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 27, 2018, with the headline 'Learn to deal with chemical attacks'. Print Edition | Subscribe