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Total Defence Day 2008 15 Feb 08. Origins of Total Defence…. Introduced on 2 Apr 84 Adapted from Swiss and Swedish experience Rationale: given our small population, we cannot maintain a regular armed forces nature of modern warfare has changed.

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Origins of Total Defence…

  • Introduced on 2 Apr 84
  • Adapted from Swiss and

Swedish experience

  • Rationale:
    • given our small population, we

cannot maintain a regular armed

forces

    • nature of modern

warfare has changed

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Five Aspects of Total Defence

...work together in an integrated response

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Total Defence Framework

  • Not just a defence plan that is rolled

out during times of war

  • A comprehensive and integrated

response to deal with all kinds of

threats/challenges

  • A relevant and useful approach to

tackle terrorism threat

  • Is about building a strong nation
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Total Defence Involves Everyone

  • Brings together government, private

sector and all Singaporeans to deal

with threats, crises, challenges

  • SARS: An example of TD in action
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Total Defence...

  • is a long-term investment
  • prepares our nation to deal

with crises when they occur

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Three Examples:

(1) Economic Crisis (1997)

  • strong economic foundation
  • sound policies
  • educated workforce
  • good industrial relations
  • adequate reserves
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(2) Dealing with non-conventional threats

- inter-agency cooperation

RSN-Coast Guard joint exercise

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We have been building our civil defence capabilities

...preparing Singaporeans for civil emergencies

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(3) Tsunami disaster (2004)

We were able to respond swiftly...

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Prevention, Protection, Response...

What are we doing to become a “hard target” against terrorism?

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Stepped up security

measures

  • Air defences on

heightened alert

24 hours a day

  • Stricter checks on passengers and

baggage

  • Selected ships transiting through

Singapore Straits to be escorted

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Random armed

patrols at commercial,

residential and

entertainment areas

  • Rubbish bins removed at MRT platforms
  • Postboxes moved outside MRT and LRT

stations

  • Security personnel at bus interchanges

and MRT stations

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Parking spaces in front of hotel lobbies

cordoned off

  • Metal barricades at driveways of

buildings

  • Chemical firms to

alert police of

suspicious buyers

  • Vehicles carrying hazardous materials to

be tracked by SCDF

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Taxi drivers to report

suspicious passengers

  • Simulated exercises to

emphasise need for

preparedness

  • Security measures

enhanced in schools

  • CCTV cameras installed

in streets and public

areas

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What you can do...

  • Complement work of government

agencies by keeping ears to the

ground and eyes open

  • Know what to do during emergencies
  • Keep fit. Take NS duties seriously
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What you can do…

  • Upgrade your skills to stay

relevant and employable

  • Understand and be

sensitive to different

ethnic groups

  • Have pride in and be loyal to

Singapore

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Psychological resilience is key

If anything happens in Singapore,

…would we be able to bounce back quickly?

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We build resilience by…

  • Being aware of potential threats

and challenges

  • Having confidence in the capabilities

of the government and security

agencies

  • Being prepared for emergencies
  • Drawing on how we overcome

past adversities

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“Ultimately, it’s not the government or the civil defence or the police who are going to defeat terrorists: It’s the response of the whole society – the cohesion, the unity, the determination, the grit – that will make the difference.”

          • PM Lee Hsien Loong
  • 9 Jan 06
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