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The SGSecure national movement was launched on 24 September 2016.

“No role is too small in this nation effort, whichever part you play, you will be helping to protect Singapore and our way of life,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the official launch of the SGSecure movement on 24 September 2016.

Ms Daisy Irani is no stranger when it comes to engaging the public. The 56-year-old has commanded a media presence on multiple platforms from her time as a cast member on the local television series ‘Under One Roof’, to her current role as co-founder of HuM Theatre.

Ms Irani’s involvement with the SGSecure movement can be traced to her engagement with the Community Engagement Programme (CEP) when it was first launched in 2006. She was helped to reach out to members of the community for discussion on the appropriate reactions and responses during a terror attack. Ms Irani also organised workshops and talks to boost community awareness against terrorism.

These discussions eventually evolved into large-scaled counter terrorism exercises, as well as greater emphasis on the community’s security and vigilance. These represent a critical aspect of the SGSecure national movement.

Ms Daisy Irani explores current issues that the Indian community faces through her theatre productions. PHOTO: Melvin Mak

“Singaporeans need to trust each other, and we need to respect and understand that if a terror attack does happen, each one of us, irrespective of our origins, must be willing to stay calm and assess the situation,” Ms Irani said.

Today, Ms Irani seeks to enhance Singapore’s multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious diversity by urging for Singaporeans to be aware and resilient against the forces that threaten our societal framework.

“The idea behind SGSecure is to be vigilant, resilient, trusting, and respectful. If there was a spark in Singapore now, would we blow up? I hope not,” said Ms Irani with a smile.

For Ms Jesslyn Zeng, 21, contributing to the nation’s security is one of her strongest passions. Her journey as an SGSecure advocate began when she started volunteering for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programme in 2012. This eventually led to her enrolment with her community’s Citizens-on-Patrol (COP) Unit.

Through her time as a COP, Ms Zeng was inspired by the dedication of her fellow COP members, many of whom are retirees. Together, they carried out their duties and kept their residents updated on the latest crime prevention messages.

Ms Jesslyn Zeng has been actively raising the awareness of the SGSecure movement within the Jurong Spring community as a volunteer with the Home Team and the People’s Association. PHOTO: Jaiesh Sachi

For Ms Zeng, who is currently pursuing a double Degree in Law and Economics at the National University of Singapore (NUS), security is an area that is of particular interest to her. Having studied the Police systems and doctrines of different jurisdictions, she appreciates the practical experience going on patrol provides her.

Despite her hectic student life, Ms Zeng is also a member of the NUS National Police Cadet Corps (NPCC). Through the NUS NPCC, she hopes to spread the key messages of SGSecure to the university community.

“SGSecure has taught me how to respond when there is an emergency. It is always good to contribute to society in an area that I am interested in and I find value in the community work that I do,” Ms Zeng said.

Mdm Saniah Binte Rasban, 56, has been a community volunteer for seven years and is currently a member of the Chong Pang Community Emergency and Engagement (C2E) committee and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

A desire to help people in need was a primary driver to Mdm Saniah’s motivation to become a first aider.

“Whenever I see someone injured or in pain, even before I had formal training and knowledge, I have always had the urge to help them no matter what,” she said.

Mdm Saniah Binte Rasban (second from right) launched the SGSecure national movement alongside Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (middle) on 24 September 2016. PHOTO: Christopher Chen

Mdm Saniah vividly recalls an incident at East Coast Park when she witnessed a cyclist falling after losing control of his bicycle.

“The man fell off his bicycle and couldn’t move. Nobody helped him up until I came. He had injuries on his legs so I used tissue to stem the bleeding, while waiting for the ambulance to come,” Mdm Saniah said.

After a few more incidents, Mdm Saniah decided to become a CERT member to learn more first aid skills. These include advanced bandaging and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). She is thankful that this training and experience has benefitted her and her family, and she was able to provide help to those in need of urgent first aid.

“I often share what I have learnt about emergency preparedness with my family. SGSecure is important for the community as it encourages us to be strong, resilient and prepared in the face of a terror attack,” Mdm Saniah added.

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  1. by Jaiesh Sachi
  2. 26 September 2016
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