SINGAPORE – The Department of Homeland Security (ISD) said on Tuesday (September 14) that it had seen no specific or credible intelligence on an imminent terrorist threat to Singapore.
This is despite a recent advisory issued by the Japanese Foreign Ministry to its citizens in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, warning of a possible terrorist attack in overcrowded places.
In response to media inquiries, ISD said it had contacted its Japanese counterparts.
“They don’t have specific intelligence either,” he said.
But the department urged members of the public to remain vigilant and promptly call the ISD counterterrorism hotline at 1-800-2626-473, or report through the SGSecure app, when they encounter suspicious people or activity.
A notice posted on the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s website on Sunday said there was “information of a growing possibility” that a suicide bomber could target places where large numbers of people congregate, such as places of worship. including in Singapore.
He said residents of Japan should continue to strengthen their vigilance against terrorism and take measures such as monitoring the latest information and following instructions from local authorities.
If they visit a place “easily targeted by terrorism,” such as tourist, religious, “Western” or government facilities, they should be careful of their surroundings, the advisory added.
Similar notices were sent to Japanese citizens in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
Security agencies in other ASEAN countries have also responded to the warning.
Malaysian media reported on Tuesday that Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the advice issued by the Japanese embassy was unfounded.
The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces said they had not received any reports of possible terrorist attacks linked to the Tokyo warning, other reports said.
A spokesperson for the Thai Foreign Ministry said the Japanese Foreign Ministry had not disclosed the source of the information that had led it to issue the alert, or what specific locations in the region l The alert was referring, the Bangkok Post reported.
Japanese citizens are urged to “stop unnecessary and non-urgent travel” to Singapore, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry on its website.
They are also advised to refrain from traveling to other parts of Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Thailand, for any reason.