The Republic has stepped up security measures following a series of explosions that rocked the Indonesian capital on Thursday (Jan 14), said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.
Mr Teo, who is also the Coordinating Minister for National Security, said in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon that he had called his Indonesian counterpart, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandajaitan, to convey condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in the bomb blasts.
"As close neighbours and friends, we are saddened by the loss of lives and injuries. We also agreed to enhance cooperation for the security of our two countries," said Mr Teo, adding that Singapore is watching the developments "with concern" and has stepped up security measures.
"All of us can also help by staying vigilant. Let us stand together, united against possible security threats," he said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) added that this incident is "another sombre reminder that such attacks can happen in Singapore".
"Our security and intelligence agencies have enhanced their checks and are in touch with their Indonesian counterparts on their investigations into the attacks," said an MHA spokesperson.
"But everyone in the community must play their part by being vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious behaviour or persons to the authorities. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep Singapore safe from any form of attack."
MHA also said that should such an attack happen in the Republic, Singaporeans must "respond decisively as one community". "Remain united so that any attempt to cause fear and distrust in the community will not succeed. We must be able to recover quickly and emerge stronger as one people," the ministry said.
“We are saddened and shocked to learn about the senseless attacks in Jakarta. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and the people of Indonesia."
SAF TO STEP UP CHECKS
In a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon, the Singapore Army said the Singapore Armed Forces has implemented heightened security measures, following the attacks in Jakarta.
'Our soldiers on duty will conduct additional checks for any irregularities and respond to any suspicious activities in accordance with the existing procedures," SAF said.