Johor police station 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 Tuesday (May 21).

“The ongoing conflict in the Middle East has been used by global terrorist elements to peddle their radical rhetoric and incite calls for violence. We have to remain vigilant that this extremist ideology finds resonance here,” Wong said in a post on Instagram.

Two police officers were killed and another wounded during the pre-dawn attack in Ulu Tiram, a town on the outskirts of Johor Bahru.

The 21-year-old suspect, who died in the shooting, was initially believed to be a member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI). Malaysian authorities later concluded that the man had acted on his behalf.

The suspect’s father, 62, is a known JI member, according to police.

Wong said self-radicalization is a growing concern, especially among young Singaporeans.

He pointed out that in the last two years the Internal Security Law has dealt with four self-radicalized people under 20 years of age.