Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Thank you, Speaker. I have one supplementary question for the Minister of State. Earlier, he mentioned that the coroner would study the outcome of the Police investigations into the incident. I would like to ask him whether there has been any decision or indication that a coroner’s inquiry will be held in open Court in this case, because, obviously, there is a high element of public interest and it would be good for the public to follow the circumstances of what happened to the deceased.
Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim: Under section 20, if I am not mistaken of the Coroners Act, the coroner may carry out such an inquiry, if that is necessary. So, if there is a need for the coroner to do so, it will be done. And let me just double check. Yes, under the Coroners Act 2010, the State Coroner may decide to hold a coroner’s inquiry to establish the circumstances leading to a death.
We will see how the Police investigations go. I will not make any assumptions or speculation regarding the investigation. Nevertheless, I assure the Members that we are going to do a thorough and proper investigation.
Ministry of Home Affairs
9 January 2023