Singapore stands in solidarity with Indonesia: PM Lee Hsien Loong
In a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says he is confident the Indonesian Government will deal with the situation, in the aftermath of the Jakarta attacks, decisively. Other Singapore leaders have also condemned the attacks.
- Posted 14 Jan 2016 14:50
- Updated 17 Jan 2016 13:28
“MFA is deeply shocked to learn of the multiple explosions in Jakarta targeted at innocent civilians. We condemn these attacks and express our condolences to the families of the victims. We support the Indonesian Government in its efforts to bring those responsible to justice,” said the ministry in a statement.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Singapore would render its full support to the Indonesian government to bring the perpetrators to justice.
"Shocked and dismayed by news of the bomb attacks in Jakarta today," Mr Lee wrote on Facebook. "My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the Indonesian people."
The Prime Minister also urged Singaporeans in Jakarta to stay safe and register with MFA.
PM Lee said on Thursday evening that he had written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to convey his deepest condolences on the attacks.
“Singapore stands in solidarity with the people of Indonesia. I am confident the Indonesian Government will deal with the situation decisively,” Mr Lee said.
On Saturday (Jan 16), President Widodo posted a reply to PM Lee on Twitter, saying that Indonesia appreciates the support of the people of Singapore.
@leehsienloong Indonesia appreciates the support of the people of Singapore. We stand together against terrorism.— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) January 15, 2016
In a separate post, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean said Singapore has stepped up security measures in the wake of the blasts.
Mr Teo said he had called his Indonesian counterpart Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan to convey his condolences.
"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," Mr Teo wrote.
Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said on Facebook that Singapore condemns this "heinous act of terrorism".
"On behalf of the people of Singapore, I offer our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones," Dr Tan said. "We stand together with Indonesia, and our thoughts are with the people of Indonesia in this difficult time."
Dr Tan on Thursday wrote to President Widodo expressing his condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones.
A REMINDER THAT THREAT OF TERRORISM IS REAL: NG ENG HEN
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the incident is a reminder to Singaporeans and those in the region that the threat of terrorism is "real and present".
"Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with our Indonesian friends, especially with innocent civilians injured and family members of those affected," Dr Ng said. "Our security agencies will continue to be vigilant, but all of us have a part to keep each other safe and united in these troubled times."
On Friday, Dr Ng put up another Facebook post to say that he had written to his Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. In his letter, Dr Ng conveyed his "condolences for the loss of lives": "We grieve with the families and loved ones of the victims, and stand together with the people of Indonesia in this global fight against extremists who target innocent civilians of all race and religion."
He also said he was "assured" that Singapore and Indonesia's "defence establishments have longstanding cooperation in many areas, including counter-terrorism".
"These close ties built up over many years will buttress our defences against this common threat," Dr Ng added.
Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Facebook that the attacks were "senseless". "Two months since Paris, and two days after Istanbul, now there is an attack in Jakarta. This menace is just going to grow," Mr Shanmugam said, adding that Singapore has stepped up checks. "Our thoughts are with Indonesia and the families of the victims."
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Facebook that he was "monitoring the situation in Jakarta with great concern", and urged Singaporeans in Jakarta to contact the Singapore Embassy there. He also wrote to President Widodo to send his condolences.
Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Facebook that he was "appalled and deeply saddened by the death and destruction caused by the bomb blasts in Jakarta earlier today".
He added: "Such acts of atrocity are cowardly and are to be fully condemned. As neighbours we can be upset by what the other affect us with because we are so close to each other. But Indonesia is always first a good friend of Singapore. I have had many pleasant memories of their hospitality and friendship from my visits and stay over the years.
"We grieve with our Indonesian friends over this senseless attack and the loss of lives. May the perpetrators be swiftly brought to justice and be held accountable for their actions. And for all of us to be spared by such senseless act of violence."
WE MUST STAY VIGILANT AND UNITED: TAN CHUAN-JIN
Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim highlighted the situation in the Indonesian capital and said he was "praying for the safety of those in Jakarta".
Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, writing on his Facebook page, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with all in Jakarta. May they remain safe. But our friends in Indonesia are resilient and they will weather this and press on."
He added: "We remain safe here but it cannot be taken as a given. Terrorist actions can occur. We must stay vigilant and united, come what may."
Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing also took to Facebook to send his condolences to the victims of the blasts, calling the incident a "grim reminder of the terrorist threat and the need for eternal vigilance".
Mr Chan said the blasts "brought back memories of the spate of bombings in early 2000s" and urged the public "not to let terrorists rob us of our normalcy or split our societies".
In a statement to Channel NewsAsia, Member of Parliament Seah Kian Peng said: "I think the unfortunate incident in Jakarta will draw attention to the need for us to ensure the impact on social cohesion is something we need to be vigilant and concern with."
MFA CONTACTING REGISTERED SINGAPOREANS IN JAKARTA
MFA added that the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta is contacting registered Singaporeans in the city to ascertain their safety, and that it will continue to monitor the situation closely. On Thursday evening, MFA said it has contacted the majority of registered Singaporeans in Jakarta and ascertained their safety.
"MFA will continue to contact the remaining registered Singaporeans until all are accounted for. Our Embassy is also in contact with the local authorities who confirmed that there were no Singaporeans directly affected by the attacks. MFA will continue to monitor the situation closely," a spokesperson for the ministry said.
Meanwhile, the Singapore Business Federation told Channel NewsAsia that to its knowledge, there are "no member companies that are affected by the bomb blasts".
The opposition Workers' Party (WP) said in a statement on Thursday that it "strongly condemns" the attacks in Jakarta. "We hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon and fully support the Singapore Government's assistance to the Indonesian government," WP said. "We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to the people of Indonesia."
Up to 14 gunmen are believed to be involved in the attack, and police are still hunting for the suspects, according to media reports. Indonesia’s national intelligence agency said that while the incident was “definitely terrorism”, there are no indications yet that it is related to the Islamic State militant group.
MFA said that Singaporeans who need consular assistance in Jakarta can contact the embassy or the 24-hour MFA Duty Office at:
Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Jakarta
Tel: + 62-21 299 504 00
Duty Handphone: +62 811863348
MFA Duty Office
Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855 (24-hour hotline)