Published: 24 July 2023
The Singapore Terrorism Threat Assessment Report 2023 (PDF, 9MB) is available for download. Key points are as follows:
1. There is no indication of an imminent attack, but Singapore continues to be a target for terrorist elements.
2. Islamist terrorists continue to disseminate propaganda, raise funds and plot attacks, helped by a virtual network of supporters. This fuels the spread of violent ideologies that have radicalised many individuals globally, including in Singapore.
3. Since 2015, 49 self-radicalised individuals (comprising 37 Singaporeans and 12 foreigners) have been dealt with under the Internal Security Act (ISA). 11 of them were youths aged between 15 and 20, at the point when ISD picked them up. Five of the youths had plans to carry out attacks in Singapore, using easily accessible weapons.
4. With the Russia-Ukraine conflict and heightened tensions in the Middle East, state and other actors may become more inclined to use terrorist modus operandi against their enemies in third countries. There is a risk that Singapore may be caught in the crossfire.
5. Public vigilance and preparedness are key components of our defence against terrorism. It is also important for the society to maintain zero tolerance of all forms of hate speech, as this may promote extremism, as well as of funding of terrorists or their activities.
6. Anyone with information on terrorism-related activities, or knows or suspects that a person is radicalised, should promptly contact the ISD Counter-Terrorism hotline at 1800-2626-473 (1800-2626-ISD). Those interested to learn more about SGSecure or sign up as an SGSecure Responder may visit sgsecure.gov.sg for more information.