This discussion is based on analysis we have performed on a survey funded by Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia (CNA) in 2017.
This survey sought the views of 2,031 respondents on issues relating to race and religious relations in the context of terrorism. It aimed to study how Singaporeans would react following a hypothetical terror attack in Singapore committed by religious extremists. It also examined whether certain segments of Singaporeans felt victimised because of the global war on terror.
In a context where terror incidents are “not a matter of if, but when” it is important to discuss the necessary safeguards in place to ensure strong social cohesion amidst constant terror threats in the region.