Support for US makes S'pore a terror target


  • AseanPlus News
  • Sunday, 25 May 2003

SINGAPORE: This republic will remain steadfast in its support for the United States even if this has made the city-state a top target for terror groups, the defence chief said in remarks published yesterday. 

“Will we be safer if we don't support the US, and if we try and keep quiet and hope the terrorists will not target us?” Defence Minister Tony Tan was quoted in the Straits Times as saying. 

“I don't think so, and events have shown that this is not the case. If you don't take steps to harden yourself, you will be a target for terrorists, whether or not you support the US.” 

He said that because of this republic's continued commitment to support Washington in the global anti-terror drive, the island-nation has a “high visibility as a target” for groups like Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda and its South-East Asian associate Jemaah Islamiah (JI). 

This republic is one of Washington's staunchest allies in Asia. 

Tan said the suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia and Morocco had raised concerns of more terror strikes worldwide. – AFP  

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