Five pillars of Total Defence should be strengthened: Defence Minister

“Singaporeans must strive to strengthen five pillars of Total Defence. The stronger our Total Defence, the more certain we can be that no challenge will overwhelm Singapore,” said Ng Eng Hen, Defence Minister  in his message for the Total Defence Day.

The five pillars of Total Defence are military, civil, economic, social and psychological defence.

Total Defence Day is observed on February 15 every year to mark the day in 1942 when British forces formally surrendered to Japanese army and paved the way for Japanese occupation for next three-and-a-half years.

Ng Eng Hen, Defence Minister of Singapore
Ng Eng Hen, Defence Minister of Singapore. Photo courtesy:

The Defence Minister applauded the Singaporean Armed Forces for being strong and capable and said, “National Servicemen are committed and dedicated to military defence.”

While laying emphasis on the role of civil defence, he said,“Indeed, when there is a terrorist attack or a natural disaster, civilians will have to take the initiative to save themselves and others first, before the security forces respond.”

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen also spoke on the economic defence and said,“Singapore cannot afford a prolonged period of slowdown even during threats.We will have to keep our air and sea ports open, our businesses functioning even under trying circumstances. We did this during Sars in 2003 and the haze in 2015 to regain the vibrancy of our economy.”

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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