The rising costs of counter-terrorism

"Gunmen" attacking commuters at Changi Airport MRT station during a counter-terrorism exercise last year. The Ministry of Home Affairs budget for this year shows clear increases in overall spending on security even as governments in the region prepar
"Gunmen" attacking commuters at Changi Airport MRT station during a counter-terrorism exercise last year. The Ministry of Home Affairs budget for this year shows clear increases in overall spending on security even as governments in the region prepare for the known and unknown threats that lurk in the cities and rural areas.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

I teach my students that Singapore is like a large ripe durian - hard and thorny on the outside but rich and creamy on the inside.

If terrorists were able to break through the thick and thorny skin, they would gain permanent access to the fleshy fruit and that would be the end of the durian.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'The rising costs of counter-terrorism'. Subscribe