Ulu Tiram attack a grim reminder that terror threat remains high: PM Wong

SINGAPORE – The recent attack on a police station in Johor is a grim reminder that the threat of terrorism remains high, Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said on 21 May.

In a Facebook post, he reminded Singaporeans to be vigilant about such extremist ideology finding resonance here, as the ongoing conflict in the Middle East has been used by global terrorist elements to “sell their radical rhetoric and incite calls for violence”.

“In particular, self-radicalization is a growing concern, especially among our young people. In the past two years, four self-radicalized youths (under the age of 20) were dealt with under the Internal Security Act,” said Prime Minister Wong, adding that he had just received a report from Singapore’s security agencies.

On May 17, a man killed two police officers and injured another at a police station in Ulu Tiram, Johor, before being shot. The suspect had connections to the Jemaah Islamiyah militant group, but is believed to have acted on its behalf, Malaysian Interior Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said.

Investigations into the attack are ongoing and the attacker’s motivations remain unclear, Prime Minister Wong said.

“In view of the heightened threat situation following the Ulu Tiram attack, we have intensified security measures, including at our checkpoints,” he said.

“Our security agencies will continue to closely monitor global and regional security developments.”