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Legislation

Definition of “animals” in Road Traffic Act to be reviewed: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) intends to review the definition of what is considered an “animal” under the Road Traffic Act in a move that aims to make it clearer for motorists in the event that an animal is hit while driving. The Road Traffic Act was enacted in 1963. Currently, it defines “animal” as “any horse, cattle, ass, …

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Online voting not feasible for overseas Singaporeans: Chan Chun Sing

On 6 April in Parliament, it was decided that online voting for Singaporeans living abroad using the SingPass portal still remained unfeasible due to concerns over authenticity of votes and the privacy of voters. This decision comes in response to queries from Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NMP) Dennis Tan with regard to whether online voting will be implemented for overseas …

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Equal maternity leave for unwed mothers

Unwed mothers are to receive the same benefits as married mothers, announced Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on 12 April. 16 weeks of Government-paid maternity leave for mothers and a Child Development Account (CDA) for their children will soon be granted to all unwed mothers, matching what is currently given only to married mothers. Currently, …

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The Attorney-General — What’s His Job?

By Tan Wah Piow   When the public disapproves of the government’s heavy-handed action against an individual critic, the blame is often leveled at the Prime Minister, or his ministers. At times the court too comes under criticism. But a post which has so far avoided much public scrutiny is that of the Attorney-General (AG). What exactly is his job? …

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Home Team and SAF to ramp up anti-terrorism efforts

Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam stated in Parliament on 6 April that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) would be stepping up its counter-terrorism efforts in the wake of recent attacks in major cities. This include strengthening Singapore’s Home Team as well as utilising video cameras installed in public areas to detect any suspicious behaviour. Mr Shanmugam …

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Budget 2016: Greater dependence on the reserves

By Chris Kuan One of the things that jumped out in Budget 2016 was the huge increase in the projected Net Investment Return Contribution (NIRC) to $14.7b from the final figure of $9.9b for previous year, itself a large upward revision from the initial estimate of $8.9b. The NIRC is the amount of expected long-term real returns on financial assets managed in the main …

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Parliament: Cigarette displays to be banned from 2017

Amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Bill were passed on Monday (14 March) at the sitting of parliament. Following the changes, retailers will be required by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to use storage devices to keep tobacco products out of the direct line of sight of customers from next year onwards. In order to do so, retailers may choose …

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