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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Don't forget terror threat amid tsunami relief effort

EVEN as the region picks up the pieces after the tsunami disaster, countries cannot afford to divert their attention from an invisible fault-line in the world today: Transnational terrorism.

"It would be a disaster if countries relaxed their guard to this immediate security threat," said Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Security and Defence Tony Tan, on the sidelines of the inaugural National Security Conference yesterday.

In his opening address to some 50 security experts, gathered to examine the level of Singapore's homeland security, Dr Tan said that over the next one or two weeks, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) would be pulling out of Aceh, Indonesia, as most of the relief and rescue missions there had been completed.

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