More specifically, radicalised individuals do live amongst us. That is the hard truth.
- Radicalised Individuals are Folks like You and Me
On 12 June, an announcement was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that the first Singaporean woman was detained for radicalism under the Internal Security Act. Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, a 22-year-old mother of one was a contract worker at the PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots pre-school.
On 20 June, MHA announced that another Singaporean Muhammad Khairul Mohamed, a 24-year-old auxiliary police officer at the traffic enforcement division at Woodlands Checkpoint, was arrested in May and detained under the Internal Security Act.
Let’s come clean…our profile of terrorists is Middle Eastern male fellas, with a head scarf and may or may not have a beard. Blame Hollywood. Remember the movie Back to the Future when Doctor Brown took some Plutonium from the Libyan terrorists to build a bomb but didn’t?
In fact, DPM Teo Chee Hean, (in his capacity as the Coordinating Minister for National Security), spoke to 120 religious and community leaders at an annual breaking-of-fast event jointly organised by the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) and the management of Khadijah Mosque. He revealed that
“Most Singaporeans radicalised by the Islamic State (IS) terror group were younger than 30, with five of them radicalised when they were still teenagers.” Mind blown!
- What is Gahmen Doing?
So Gahmen came up with the campaign of Run, Hide Tell. While it was simple to understand, it could have been over-simplified. Then there was the Emergency Preparedness Days all over Singapore starting from Chong Pang and Jurong last year. To be honest, quite wayang but the intention is there.
- So if terrorist bomb, jialat lah?
So if you haven’t, go ahead and download the SGSecure app. The app will allow police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) to send important alerts to the public during terrorist attacks or other major emergencies. So far, already more than 550,000 mobile devices equipped with the app.
This is also what the Communications Minister Yaacob Ibrahim had to say about the threat of terrorism.
“When an attack happens, we have to stand together and not spread rumours or untruths to cause distrust amongst our community,” said Dr Yaacob, adding that this will be playing straight into the hands of the terrorists’ goal to sow hatred and fear.”
So when an attack happens, I know you wanna take video but stay united and rally. Like in the aftermath of the Manchester attack, taxi drivers offered free rides, residents offered their homes to those who need a place to stay. Also, if you can, learn first-aid, CPR, AEDs and fire extinguishers. You never know when it will come in handy one day.
I happened to stumble across these series of brand new 30-sec videos by the Home Team providing bite-size nuggets just like Lee Hsien Yang (sorry, couldn’t resist).