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Would Singapore break under the pressure of terrorist threats?

June 20, 2017

        No doubt there are many unstoppable terrorist acts occurring globally and even until today, no successful and effective resolutions have been brought up. However, more should be done to stop and prevent the source of terrorist acts in Singapore using fair punishments. However, to quote a delegate, how can the government prevent terrorists attacks when they have no understanding of this issue?


       The delegate representing Tharman believed that three things must be clear, the first was that we need to have higher intelligence in order for us to get rid of the terrorist threat. This means that we should have greater terrorist intelligence so that we will be able to find these terrorists and prevent them for proceeding with any violent acts. Therefore, he believes that teamwork is fundamental.


        The second is community involvement, for example cutting down on Islamophobia and reasoning out that not all Muslims are terrorist. Finally, the third thing is the importance of remaining calm in order for the public to know what to do in the case of emergency.


       On the other hand, the Ministry of Law has suggested ways to prevent terrorist attacks such as having investigation tasks, where cops or even undercover agents look into border control to ensure that there is actually infiltrating from the borders. Secondly, suspects that are over the age of 18 and are deemed guilty would be prosecuted under the sedition act. However, if suspects are under the age of 18 , they would be sent to juvenile centers. Finally, the delegate suggested to make use of Non governmental organization (NGOs) and religious organization  to dispel the false beliefs of Muslims, and all the anti Muslims settlements such as the #fightislam that is trending among social medias.


       Therefore, even though both delegates have a different approach to the issue, their main purpose is to prevent such terrorists acts from occuring and to allow the Singaporean community to have a clear understanding that Islam and the terrorists are different.


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