Parliament

Parliament passes Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill with minimum resistance

The controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill was passed in Parliament yesterday evening (8 May) after a fierce debate that stretched out over two days. 74 Members of Parliament (MPs) supported the Bill, nine MPs comprising those from Workers’ Party (WP) and Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) rejected it, and one Nominated MP (NMP) Lim Sun Sun abstained from voting …

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Executive arm of Govt should not be arbiter of what constitutes falsehoods: WP chief Pritam Singh

The executive arm of Government, particularly Ministers, should not be given the “remarkable leeway” to determine what constitutes false statements of fact”, said Workers’ Party (WP) secretary-general Pritam Singh. Mr Singh told the House on Tue (May 7) during a debate on the controversial bill that consequently, on the above basis, WP rejects the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation …

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Independent council proposed by three NMPs may lead to ‘unnecessary bureaucratic bloat’: K Shanmugam

Setting up an independent body or council to review corrective or take-down orders issued by Ministers under the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill may lead to “unnecessary bureaucratic bloat”, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam in Parliament on Tue (May 7). Mr Shanmugam told the House during the Second Reading of the Bill that the current …

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Revenge porn, voyeurism and “stealthing” to be part of sexual offences under Penal Code amendments

Revenge porn, voyeurism and “stealthing” will soon be classified as sexual offences under the Penal Code with the passing of the Criminal Law Reform Bill on Mon (6 May). The introduction of the Bill is in tandem with technological developments and the use of smartphones as a medium through which perpetrators often commit such sexual offences. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for …

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Singapore universities recorded 56 sexual misconduct cases over 3 years, no ‘free passes’ for offenders: Parliament

A total of 56 disciplinary cases involving sexual misconduct among students from six Autonomous Universities (AUs) in Singapore were recorded in the past three years, as disclosed by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Monday (6 May). Out of the 56 cases handled by the universities, 14 were committed by students outside of campuses. 17 of them happened …

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Parliamentary questions for 7 May 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 10:30 am on Tuesday, 7 May 2019, for the 104th session of the 13th Parliament. *30 oral questions and 9 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 2 Government Bills will be read for the 2nd time: Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill [Bill No. 10/2019] …

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Parliamentary questions for 6 May 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:30pm on Monday, 6 May 2019, for the 103rd session of the 13th Parliament. *66 oral questions and 34 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be a Ministrial Statement from Minister for Defence: Findings and Follow-up actions on National Service Training Death. At the commencement of Public Business, one Government …

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Three NMPs propose amendments to Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill in joint statement

Three Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs) – namely Ms Anthea Ong, Ms Irene Quay, and Associate Professor Walter Theseira – have issued a Notice of Amendment to the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill which was was introduced early last month. Among the NMPs’ suggested amendments to the Bill, listed in a joint statement yesterday (30 Apr), are …

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