Two “terrorists” armed with guns mounted an “attack” on Pulau Ubin visitors yesterday, firing into a “coffee shop”. One of the “victims” suffered a “leg injury” while another had a “heart attack”.
The scenario was played out as part of a simulated counter-terrorism exercise – the first held on Pulau Ubin. It featured officers from the Police Coast Guard’s Emergency Response Team, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) as well as volunteers from the Siglap C2E Community Emergency Response Team.
During the exercise, volunteers also demonstrated the “Run-Hide-Tell” protocol, improvised first aid skills, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique and use of automated external defibrillators.
The exercise was part of the island’s first Safety and Security Day held by the Singapore Police Force and SCDF, together with the island’s own safety and security team. It is in line with the SGSecure national movement to sensitise and train the community as prepared citizens so that they are able to “play a part in preventing and dealing with a terror attack”.
It is also part of the Home Team’s community engagement efforts to enhance the safety and security of residents as well as visitors to Pulau Ubin.
Senior Minister of State for Defence and Foreign Affairs Maliki Osman, the guest of honour, officiated at the event. Addressing residents and visitors, he said everyone has a role to keep Singapore safe. He noted how the terror threat is growing regionally and cited the example of the family of six who carried out bombings at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia, in May.
“We can play a part by staying alert to suspicious activities and reporting them to the authorities,” he added. Apart from fostering unity and resilience in the community, he also encouraged people to pick up life-saving skills.
Pulau Ubin is home to more than 30 residents. It is understood that there are about 100 reported cases in a year on the island.
Bicycle shop owner Chu Yok Choon, 73, who grew up on the island and still lives there, once encountered a break-in at his place.
He said: “While island life is usually peaceful, it is important that we are prepared in case anything happens.”