Parliament

Top Parliament absentee for 2018 is Minister Iswaran – missing 9 out of 32 sittings

TOC went through the Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings to examine the attendance records of MPs in Parliament for last year (2018). The Parliamentary Votes and Proceedings are the official minutes of the proceedings of Parliament, including the proceedings of the Committee of the whole Parliament. It contains a record of attendance of the Members, announcements by the Speaker, papers presented …

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Workers’ Party advocates judiciary’s role as first and final arbiter of truth in “fake news” cases while PAP disagrees

Contrary to arguments perpetuated by advocates of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), which has now been passed in Parliament, the judiciary remains the most suitable initial and final arbiter in deciding on matters involving alleged online falsehoods compared to Ministers and the Executive under POFMA, said Workers’ Party secretary-general Pritam Singh. Speaking in response to People’s …

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Fake news law is ‘a cure worse than the disease’ – WP NCMP Leon Perera

In a speech in parliament during the debate on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) hours before the bill was passed, Worker’s Party (WP) Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera said that while ridding falsehoods from public discussion is the right thing to do, the bill is ‘a cure worse than the disease’ and it requires a radical overhaul …

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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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