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http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/govts-duty-protect-all-sporeans-threat-violence-regardless-race-religion-or-sexual Govt's duty to protect all S’poreans, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation: Shanmugam By Siau Ming En siaumingen@mediacorp.com.sg Published: 7:43 PM, June 14, 2016 SINGAPORE — Regardless of a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, the Government’s duty is to protect Singaporeans from the threat of violence, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam on Tuesday (Jun 14). Speaking to the media about the Orlando mass shooting on Sunday before attending annual breaking of fast session at Khadijah Mosque, Mr Shanmugam said the Government’s duty “is to protect everyone”. Race, religion, and sexual orientation “are not relevant in terms of the Government’s duty to protect — we have a duty to protect everyone” , he added. In the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, gunman Omar Mateen’s attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday left 49 dead and wounded 53. Although the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the shooting, and it appeared that Mateen had at the last minute pledged allegiance to ISIS, US President Barack Obama has said that there is no clear evidence that Mateen was directed by a foreign group or was part of a larger plot. Mr Shanmugam said that while the motives of the gunman are not yet clear, it appeared that the gay community was targeted. “This is unacceptable. Violence against any group in any form is not acceptable,” he said. The Government here will act decisively if there is the threat of violence against anyone by any group, he added. There is also a “significant risk” of self-radicalised attacks happening here, said Mr Shanmugam, adding that education is one of the means to inoculate the population against the threat of radicalisation. Families have to look out for signs of radicalisation while Singapore’s security agencies will have to be alert as well. He also said that SG Secure is an important movement, as a call to get everyone to come together and to be prepared. An app will be launched this year to allow Singaporeans easy access to notify the police of any incidents. The Government will train the population and at the same time, substantially upgrade the capabilities of the emergency response teams, Mr Shanmugam added. Links: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/government-will-protect-people-regardless-of-race-religion-or-sexuality-shanmugam?xtor=CS3-18

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