Singapore firms on high alert after Jakarta bombings

by Miklos Bolza15 Jan 2016
After the Jakarta bombings yesterday (14 January), Singapore businesses with local branches took a number of steps to ensure the safety of their employees.
A United Overseas Bank (UOB) spokesperson told TODAY they had shut down branches in Tebet, Kuningan, Mamping and Wahid because of their “proximity to the bombing site”. The branches are said to resume operations today.
The bank also advised staff working in the Jakarta and Greater Jakarta areas to remain within their offices until the all clear had been given and the situation deemed safe.
TODAY also talked to Kenneth Rogers, regional manager for Ascott in Indonesia and Australia. At the company’s serviced residences in Jakarta, security was increased and both employees and guests were given constant updates about the situation.
“For our employees’ safety and convenience, we have also set aside some apartments at our properties to accommodate them, should it become necessary,” he said.
Ascott has five serviced apartments within the capital, including Ascott Jakarta which is a mere ten minute drive from the site of the bombings.
At OCBC’s two subsidiaries in Jakarta – Bank OCBC NISP and OCBC Sekuritas – the company implemented a number of safety measures including telling employees to stay indoors and away from the windows, Patrick Chew, head of operational risk management, told TODAY.
Additionally, all non-essential travel by OSBC employees has been suspended temporarily.
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