PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Teck Ghee Emergency Preparedness Day on 19 March 2017.
Good morning everybody, I am very happy to be here for this Emergency Preparedness (EP) Day to share with you this experience and to work on this problem together.
The grassroots leaders and our volunteers have been working very hard with PA and the Home Team, not just today but for the whole week to participate in this exercise in Ang Mo Kio GRC and SengKang West SMC. We do this EP Day every year and we take it very seriously because the terrorism threat is a serious one. We see it around us.
Last year in Puchong, Kuala Lumpur, somebody threw a hand grenade into a nightclub. In Indonesia, every now and again, you find terrorist attacks even on the streets of Jakarta and just yesterday in Paris, at Orly airport, somebody tried to grab a rifle from a soldier on patrol and he had to be shot dead. They do not know for sure but they suspect that there was a terrorist motive. Luckily, we have not had an attack in Singapore, but we know that the terrorists have thought about Singapore and are targeting Singapore. For example, there was this group in Batam. It was called Khatibah Gonggong Rebus. Khatibah means unit, Gonggong is a little shell that you can eat. They called their battalion, The Cooked Seashell battalion. But it is not just the Gonggong. This is a serious group who were planning to attack Singapore, Marina Bay Sands. They wanted to use rockets and they are being tried in Batam right now. Gigih was the leader and they have accomplices. Some of them have been arrested, we are not sure, maybe there are others who are running around.
ISIS is fighting in the Middle East. It is losing ground, their forces are closing in, hitting them and we see that there is progress. For example, there is one Indonesian terrorist, Bahrumsyah who had just been killed recently in Syria. It was in the newspapers. He was an Indonesian terrorist who commanded the battalion of Southeast Asian terrorists under ISIS in Syria. Bahrumsyah, he was a commander, he not only fought in Syria but he was also directing operations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia and instructing people to conduct attacks, to carry out attacks, giving them resources, money, on Whatsapp, on Telegram, on Facebook. You can communicate even from Syria back home to these countries. He was killed but the problem is not over because if ISIS is squeezed in the Middle East, some terrorists will be killed and others will run. Where do they run to? They run back to their home countries and their home countries from Southeast Asia, there may be approximately 1,000 who went to Middle East to fight. Even if 20 per cent of them come back, I think we have a problem. They are thinking of coming back because they are setting up a base in Southern Philippines. ISIS is making it a province of ISIS, they called it a “wilayat” and they have appointed an Amir whose name is Hapilon, who is a leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group. That means that the terrorists will go back there from Syria, from Iraq and there will be people from this region who will want to go to Southern Philippines. They cannot go to Syria, they go to Southern Philippines. It is just as bad a problem for us in Singapore and will become a focus of the terrorist threat. That is why we are worried and we have SGSecure to protect ourselves.
Not just today is an EP Day but in Singapore, every day has to be an EP Day. We have to understand the threat, prepare for it and learn practical things that we can do. I suggest you three things. One, keep up-to-date with the news. Know what is happening around us so that if something does takes place in Singapore, you know straight away. You can follow the news, you can follow CNA, The Straits Times, LianHe ZaoBao or Berita Harian but you can also use the SGSecure App. Download it and if anything happens, it will keep you informed.
Secondly, learn to use skills which would be useful if there is an incident. Learn to use an AED. We have installed AEDs all over Teck Ghee, every two blocks has one at the lift lobby. Go and see where they are, learn how to use it. If you take part in our EP Day activities, we will show you how to do it. In case somebody collapses, you know how to respond, where to get it, what to do with it. It is not very hard, but you need to make the effort to learn. And it can save your neighbour’s life, your friend’s life, your family’s life, or it may be your own life, in case something happens to you, someone will know how to do this and rescue you.
Secondly, you can also learn to volunteer to give psychological first aid. Because after an attack, after something happens like what you saw at the ‘Live’ Exercise’ just now at the hawker centre on the other side, people will be nervous, they will be anxious, they will be stressed and you need to be able to help them, reassure them, calm them down, help to bring them back to become normal again. Give them emotional and psychological support. So we have set up HEART teams. Your own HEART. What does it mean? Human Emergency Assistance and Response Teams (HEART). We train them, they include psychologists and counsellors (from MHA, IMH and MSF), professionals, but they also include grassroots leaders and volunteers. We have been training them, in fact this week we trained 16 people from Teck Ghee in being a volunteer to recognise signs of stress and see how to reach out to the person to give him some reassurance, some support, to be able to bring him to help if he needs more professional psychological help. These are things you can actually do individually as a person.
Thirdly, we need to stay united and close to one another. Because a terrorist’s objective is to divide us, to break our society, to split us up. If we have friends from different races and religions, if we stay close together and we work with one another, then we can prevent them from doing that. Every little thing counts. It may be holding the lift door waiting for your friend, looking out for your neighbour’s home when he is away, offering snacks or food, celebrating festivals together. The stronger our kampung spirit, the less able the terrorists will be to break us. So these are practical things we have to do, do it together, tell your friends about it, and let us work together to keep us safe and secure in Singapore. That is what we mean when we say SGSecure.
The stronger our kampung spirit, the less able the terrorists will be to break us. PM Lee Hsien Loong
The stronger our kampung spirit, the less able the terrorists will be to break us.
PM Lee Hsien Loong
我们的活动，这个紧急应变日(Emergency Preparedness Day)， 是比较大型的活动。不只是今天，而是整个星期都有活动。短片里，大家都看到了活动的一些细节。所以我们要了解这件事情，心里要有所准备。同时，我们也要知道万一事情发生，我们自己可以怎么应对，自己要怎么做。具体来说，个人可以做什么。因为这是国家的事情，但这也是每一个新加坡人所必须了解，必须会应对的处境。
第一点，用不同的渠道来掌握最新的讯息，了解我们周围有什么事情发生。所以万一有事情发生，大家会马上知道，也不会吃惊。这不会很难。通过手机消息灵通，非常快。样样事情马上就可以知道了。同时，我们的Home Team 还有一个“全国保家安民计划”的应用程序(SGSecure App)。下载之后可以通过这个应用程序，得到最新的消息，同时也可以通过它将大家所看到的事件，向有关当局报告，它们可以去处理事情。所以这是第一点，保持消息灵通，知道周围发生什么事情。
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