UPDATE ON CASES REFERRED TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL AND WORK DONE SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2014 TO STRENGTHEN SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES OF HOME TEAM

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs with regard to the Independent Review Panel (IRP) formed in 2014 to strengthen the systems and processes of the Home Team (a) how many cases have been referred to the IRP since its formation; (b) what is the nature of the cases referred; (c) who is the currentContinue reading “UPDATE ON CASES REFERRED TO INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL AND WORK DONE SINCE ITS FORMATION IN 2014 TO STRENGTHEN SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES OF HOME TEAM”

NUMBER OF REPORTS FILED BY PUBLIC THROUGH I-WITNESS THAT AIDED ON-GOING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS

Mr Pritam Singh asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) since the launch of i-Witness, how many reports have been filed by the public; (b) how many of these have (i) aided ongoing Police investigations and (ii) led to action taken against hitherto unreported crimes including stern warnings; and (c) whether the Ministry can include an optionContinue reading “NUMBER OF REPORTS FILED BY PUBLIC THROUGH I-WITNESS THAT AIDED ON-GOING POLICE INVESTIGATIONS”

AVAILABILITY OF FAMILIAL TIES LANE FOR FOREIGN VISITORS TO REGISTER MARRIAGE IN SINGAPORE TO SINGAPOREAN CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) whether the Familial Ties Lane is still available for foreign visitors who are entering to register their marriage in Singapore to a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident; and (b) if so, what are the requirements. Mr K Shanmugam: Foreign visitors who are fiancés/fiancées of Singapore CitizensContinue reading “AVAILABILITY OF FAMILIAL TIES LANE FOR FOREIGN VISITORS TO REGISTER MARRIAGE IN SINGAPORE TO SINGAPOREAN CITIZEN OR PERMANENT RESIDENT”

ACCESS TO BANK ACCOUNTS THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN DUE TO ALLEGED SCAMS

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Home Affairs whether persons whose bank accounts are frozen as a result of being recipients of monies from alleged suspects of scamming offences for reasons, such as payment of goods and services or other bona fide transactions, may be allowed access to their bank accounts for reasonable livingContinue reading “ACCESS TO BANK ACCOUNTS THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN DUE TO ALLEGED SCAMS”

CONVICTION AND PUNISHMENT OF DAVID ROACH FOR ROBBERY OF BANK IN 2016

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs what is the process by which the Government will fulfil its assurances to the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) that Mr David Roach, who was extradited from the UK, will not suffer the punishment of caning that has been imposed on him by the Singapore Courts uponContinue reading “CONVICTION AND PUNISHMENT OF DAVID ROACH FOR ROBBERY OF BANK IN 2016”

SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE REGARDING ISSUE OF FIREARMS TO OFFICERS OF SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE AND AUXILIARY POLICE FORCES TO MINIMISE RISK OF MISUSE

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs what safeguards are in place regarding the issue of firearms to officers of the Singapore Police Force and the auxiliary police forces to minimise the risk of misuse by officers. Mr K Shanmugam: I will set out some of the measures in place to manage the risk of securityContinue reading “SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE REGARDING ISSUE OF FIREARMS TO OFFICERS OF SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE AND AUXILIARY POLICE FORCES TO MINIMISE RISK OF MISUSE”

CONSULTATIONS WITH ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S CHAMBERS IN DECIDING CHARGES TO BE PREFERRED

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs whether existing protocols or practices mandate that law enforcement agencies consult the Attorney-General’s Chambers for advice in every case before finalising decisions on whether to charge suspects in Court or not and what charges to prefer. Mr K Shanmugam: ​The discretion whether to charge offenders in court, and what chargesContinue reading “CONSULTATIONS WITH ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S CHAMBERS IN DECIDING CHARGES TO BE PREFERRED”

COS 2021: Better Support for SC and SPR Applications

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap (Aljunied): Sir, I have a number of elderly and also non-English speaking residents who approached me for assistance to do online application for Singapore Citizenship or Singapore Permanent Residence for their foreign spouse. When asked for a reason why they are not able to do so, among the responsesContinue reading “COS 2021: Better Support for SC and SPR Applications”

REVIEW OF SENTENCING FRAMEWORK FOR SEXUAL AND HURT OFFENCES

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Thank you, Speaker. I thank the Minister for the Statement. My query pertains to hurt offences. I take the Minister back to the debate when the Criminal Law Reform Bill was tabled in Parliament in 2019. There was a discussion amongst Members of how voluntarily causing hurt, being a non-arrestable offence,Continue reading “REVIEW OF SENTENCING FRAMEWORK FOR SEXUAL AND HURT OFFENCES”

COS 2021: Border Controls amidst COVID-19

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the closure of borders and limited travel between countries. This situation has disrupted the usual movement of foreigners into and out of Singapore. As far as entry is concerned, new requirements for quarantine, purpose of entry and staggering the daily numbers allowed in have been imposed.Continue reading “COS 2021: Border Controls amidst COVID-19”