Simply put, it starts with you.
The terrorism threat to Singapore remains the highest in recent years. As it is a multi-faceted and serious issue, we need to continue to be vigilant and guard against the threat of radicalisation and terrorism. While our security agencies will do their best, we should also realise that everyone has a part to play.
Here are three points you should know:
1. Radicalisation can happen to anyone, across all races and religions.
No one is immune from the radicalisation that we see happening around the world, and Singaporeans are just as susceptible to becoming radicalised.
2. Be vigilant.
If you notice your family or friends behaving suspiciously or showing signs of radicalisation^, you must take a stand and alert the relevant authorities. Doing so will help save your loved ones from harming themselves and others.
3. Contact relevant authorities promptly.
If you have information or suspicions regarding radicalised behaviour, contact the ISD Counter-Terrorism Centre hotline 1800-2626-473 (1800-2626-ISD) so that the affected person(s) can be steered away from radicalism or even terrorism.
We should always stand together to safeguard our multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural society as one united nation. We must come forward to condemn acts of violence as a community, and not let the actions of a few extremists mar our social fabric and bonds. Let’s remain vigilant to prevent an attack on our home and our way of life.
^Signs of radicalism may include, but are not limited to, avid consumption of radical materials; propagating and re-posting terrorism-related images, videos and posts; expressing support for terrorist entities; and encouraging others or stating an intention to commit terrorist violence.
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