Quick News
 Asia Pacific
 Special Reports
 TV Shows
 About Us

7 Day News Archive
M | T | W | T | F | S | S
7 Day News Search
Search Keywords:

Affiliate Sites
 NewsRadio 93.8
 Radio Singapore  International

Classified Ads
Garage Sale
 Place An Ad
more »

Mobile Mall
News & Info
more »

Products / Services
Email News Alert
News on PDA
TV Guide for PDA
Online Shopping

What's On
Love Dedications
Get Rea!
Stock Challenge
GrowthPath Investment Quiz
more »

 As a Homepage

 Singapore News »
Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 27 December 2003 1531 hrs

Singapore beefs up anti-terrorism security measures in 2003
By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : With the arrest of two more Jemaah Islamiyah members in October, Singaporeans are learning the threat of terrorism is far from over.

In August, Dr Tony Tan was appointed Coordinating Minister for Defence and Security.


His role was to concentrate on Homeland Defence and safeguard Singapore against terrorist threats.

Homeland security took on a different context as Singaporeans began seeing tighter security measures all across the island.

Hard targets and key installations like Jurong Island, with its many petrochemical companies, can be potential targets for terrorists.

The island is now like a fortress after S$30 million was spent beefing up the level of protection.

After the Jakarta Marriott Hotel bombing, local hotels took no chances.

It was none more evident when US President George W Bush visited Singapore in late October.

Checking into the Shangri-la Hotel was tougher than usual.

The undercarriages of cars entering the hotel were scanned for explosives.

Even Police cars were not spared the hassle.

Experts say terrorists do not hold reservations about attacking easy targets for maximum impact.

"They are indiscriminate in the attacks. They are in for more lethal means and we're on the verge of the non-convention era of terrorism. We're already seeing signs of it. Therefore there is an urgency in consolidating better international cooperation in confronting this threat," said terrorism analyst Yoran Schweitzer.

"They'll use suicide terrorism, which is a very cheap tool for them with a high probability of success," he said.

This was why the authorities took drastic steps to secure public areas with large crowds.

After the barricades went up at Holland Village and Newton Circus food centre, the same happened at Mohamed Sultan to keep roadside parking to a minimum.

Closed-circuit televisions were also installed at Boat Quay and Little India.

But analysts agree that as useful as the measures are, countries cannot fight the terrorists alone.

A joint maritime exercise between Singapore and Japan was one example of how countries could work together to strengthen their security arrangements.

Closer to land, security at Singapore's borders was also increased.

Armed guards now patrol land checkpoints and airport terminals, and soon air marshals will be on passenger flights.

Sophisticated X-ray machines were also employed, not just to check luggage, but vehicles as well.

Although some may breathe easy with the arrest of JI's top operative Hambali in Thailand and later Saddam Hussein near Tikrit, it doesn't mean the fight is over.

"If you have several queen ants and you take them out, it affects the organisation in the short term. You have to understand, fighting terror is not a knock out game. It's a game won by points and every major operational leader jailed is very significant in the short term at least," Mr Schweitzer said.

"It won't prevent terror operations but if you take all the leading forces you gain time."

He says that every step forward against terrorism is positive; the public should go about their daily lives normally, but remain alert and vigilant. - CNA

Copyright © 2003 MCN International Pte Ltd

E-mail this page Print this page Forum
Live On
Channel NewsAsia
 Singapore Feed
 International Feed
 CNA on Demand
 TV Guide

 Singapore Local News »  Singapore Business News »
Worried Singaporeans make 300 calls to ambulance hotline over bird flu
Agilent Technologies chairman receives National Day Award
Marriage services in Singapore fully online
26-year-old man accused of murdering twins sent for psychiatric evaluation
Some Pulau Ubin farmers plan to eat poultry rather than have them culled
Singapore florist sells roses with messages on petals for Valentine's Day
Cases of Attention Deficit Disorder often surface in Primary 1
SAF deploys C-130 transport plane to help in Iraq reconstruction
18 lion sculptures up for adoption to raise funds for charities
Diva Anita Sarawak cooks up a cookbook
Limited evidence that flu drugs can treat bird flu: CDC doctor
Substation Gallery plays host to 'Peep Show' till Feb 12
Opening of Braddell-Bishan flyover saves motorists travelling time
Accountant appointed as new member of Public Service Commission
CNB officers arrest 2 synthetic drug traffickers at vicinity of One Fullerton
Thieves hit five office units at Robina House
SAF officer returns to court to face 10 charges of corruption
Container office at construction site broken into
Pickpocket arrested in Bukit Merah Central
Indonesian Commander-in-Chief gets Distinguished Service Order
SIA, SingTel expected to post healthy profits
SIA launches world's longest non-stop commercial flight
Singapore government to award S$700m in IT contracts this year
Ness Display to hire over 300 staff for new US$72m Tampines plant
IDA raises wireless bandwidth, lowers equipment dealers' licence fee
GP Batteries and Energizer Holdings agree on patent cross-licensing
Nera Electronics posts worse-than-expected full-year profit drop
US chip giant Xilinx sets up Asia-Pacific HQ in Singapore
Tender opens for third ground handler and caterer at Changi airport
Asia Pacific Breweries' Thai unit doubles production capacity
Philippine court orders UOB to pay damages
Singapore shares end weaker on mounting bird flu worries


  back to top ^
News: Asia Pacific, Singapore, World, Business, Technology, Sports, Latest News, Headlines, Summary, 7 Day News Archive Finance:Market Analysis, Market Insights, Currency Outlook, Property Watch, Unit Trusts Forum: Market Talk, Currency Talk, Futures Talk, Information: Lifestyle, Newsbox, Job Links, Travel, Horoscope, Mobile Mall, TV Guide City Guide: Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia. Weather:Singapore, Asia Pacific, World Services: Teletext, Chinese site, SMS News Alert, CNA on WAP, MMS Services, E-mail News Alerts, News on PDA, Channel NewsAsia On-Demand, Office Tools, Techstore, Bookstore, Giftstore Singapore: 4D, TOTO, Singapore Sweep About Us: Contact Us, Terms & Conditions, Site Map

Copyright © MCN International Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Use of this Site is subject to our terms and conditions of use.
Your continued use of this Site shall be construed as your agreement to abide by our terms and conditions of use.