Singapore tightens security following Ulu Tiram attack


JOHOR BARU: Singapore has heightened its security measures, including at its checkpoints, following Friday’s attack on the Ulu Tiram police station here.

In a statement, Singapore’s Home Affairs Ministry said travellers going through its checkpoints should expect some delays due to increased security measures.

“In view of the heightened threat situation, and that the Malaysian police are looking for several other Jemaah Islamiah (JI) members, we earlier today (May 18) stepped up security measures, including at our checkpoints. These include increased patrols and enhanced checks on travellers and conveyances.

“Travellers should expect delays at the checkpoints due to enhanced checks, and factor in additional time needed for immigration clearance,” it said in a statement on its official Facebook on Saturday night.

The ministry added that its Internal Security Department has been in touch with its Malaysian counterparts on the attack.

“Whether in Singapore or travelling overseas, members of the public should stay vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activities to the police immediately.

“If someone you know shows signs of radicalisation, do contact ISD at 1800 2626 473 for assistance promptly,” said the statement.On Friday, two policemen were killed while one was injured following an attack by a 21-year-old masked man. The attacker was also killed in the early morning incident.

In a press conference following the incident on Friday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Raza-rudin Husain said the attacker is believed to be linked to JI.

The IGP also said in the same press conference that the police have identified 20 JI members following the attack on the Ulu Tiram police station.

On Saturday, the IGP said the suspect who was shot dead was not an JI member and that his initial statement was based on information that the suspect’s father was involved with JI.

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