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Sad day for Singapore with extension of Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA)

by Teo Soh Lung

It was a sad day for Singapore when the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act (CLTPA) was extended for another five years yesterday.

The only consolation is that the vote for its extension was not unanimous. All 8 members of the Workers' Party and two Nominated Members of Parliament opposed the extension. Another two Nominated MPs abstained.

I am confident that history will one day show that what the ten members did was in the interest of Singaporeans and Singapore.

I am exceedingly disappointed that despite our developed country status and our proud membership in the United Nations, our government choose to ignore Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.”

As a Singaporean, I am embarrassed that the government is determined to lead the government of less developed countries into believing that executive detention is the path to progress and development.