SGSecure Talk by SADeaf: Police explained counter-terrorism messages through sign language

SGSecure Talk by SADeaf: Police explained counter-terrorism messages through sign language

Publication: Shin Min Daily News
Date: 8 April 2018
Reported by: Low Choon Chyuan
Translated by: Jinhua Kuek

For the first time, the Singapore Police Force held an SGSecure talk at the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf). Through a sign language interpreter, they explained counter-terrorism messages to more than 60 Deaf and Hard-of-hearing attendees.

This event, co-organised by SADeaf and Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, was held at SADeaf premise at Mountbatten Road yesterday afternoon. Tailored for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing community for the first time, the event aimed to provide SADeaf members important counter-terrorism messages.

The presenter reminded attendees to be wary of suspicious characters and objects, and to “run, hide, tell” in the event of a terror attack. The attendees were also taught how to do CPR. Staff members from SADeaf gave simultaneous sign language interpretation on stage at the same time.

More than 60 Deaf and Hard-of-hearing attendees took part in the talk. Many of them raised their hands and asked questions to the police officers present.

One of the attendees, pharmacist assistant Jenny Yeo, 57, told Shin Min Daily News through sign language: “I rarely have the chance to learn about such counter-terrorism information in the past, so I am very glad to participate in today’s event and I learnt a lot.”

Another attendee, 54-year-old accountant Ms Teo, said: “I will share what I learnt today with my family and friends.”

SADeaf Executive Director Sylvia Teng told Shin Min Daily News: “The Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals are just as vulnerable as others in times of crisis. Many important counter-terrorism messages were conveyed in this talk, which will better prepare them to handle crisis.”

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