What S'pore ministers say...

Despite all our precautions, we can never completely rule out such an incident here. If it ever happens, we need the cohesion and resilience to deal with it calmly and as one united people, and not let it divide or destroy our society.

- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on the Sydney hostage siege

One victim is a young mother of three; the other a well-liked manager who was just doing his job. It's sad that madness brings demise to young innocents. I can understand their children and loved ones growing up angry with Muslims. But, I hope they will heal because only forgiveness will stop this madness from reaping its malicious intent.

- Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli

The incident shows that terrorist attacks by individuals can take place even when there is heightened security. Everyone in Singapore can play a part to help pre-empt and prevent such attacks by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activities to the authorities promptly.

- Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean

We must not allow any person or group to weaken or fracture the strong ties that we have painstakingly built to forge a harmonious multi-racial and multi-religious nation in Singapore.

- Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen