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Bill for rollout of nationwide parcel network passed as Govt addresses security and accessibility concerns

The authorities are developing security guidelines and other requirements for the rollout of the nationwide parcel locker network, said Senior Minister of State for MCI Sim Ann in Parliament on Mon. She said her ministry is working closely…

Electric bicycle riders must pass theory test to ride on roads under proposed changes to Road Traffic Act

PAB riders will be required to pass a theory test that covers road safety before being allowed on the roads as part of proposed amendments to the RTA introduced in Parliament on Mon. The changes are aimed at…

Police, churches beef up security for Easter; worshippers asked to be ‘alert but not alarmed’

SPF and some churches in Singapore have bolstered security measures for the Easter weekend, in the light of a suicide attack on an Indonesian church on Sun as well as two foiled terror plots in the Republic in…

Ground-up road safety efforts vital as more take up cycling: Minister

With more people taking up cycling amid the pandemic, being on the ground to engage cyclists and other road and path users on safety has become even more important, Minister of State for Home Affairs Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim…

Some places of worship could see stepped up security, including use of ‘discreet’ guards: Shanmugam

Security measures at some places of worship in Singapore may need to be stepped up depending on the level of threat they face, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam on Wed. This comes after a 20-year-old…

Historical St Matthew’s church, kindergarten to be restored as part of police complex

In what is believed to be the first such project here, a century-old Anglican church and adjoining kindergarten will be restored and incorporated into a police complex in Neil Road, 25 years after they were acquired for an…

Almost 90,000 police cameras installed in Singapore, ‘many more to come’: Shanmugam

Almost 90,000 police cameras have been installed in Singapore with “many more” to be placed islandwide, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in Parliament on Mon. These cameras are placed at major public locations, HDB estates,…

Home Team Academy’s new chillers save enough energy to power nearly 350 4-room flats

Efforts to achieve sustainability goals for the public sector are getting a boost with the switch to chillers with lower greenhouse gas emissions, something done at HTA two years ago. HTA installed two low global warming potential (low-GWP)…

Safeguards in place to ensure contact tracing data used only when necessary: Desmond Tan

Only senior police officers can request the use of data from Singapore’s national contact tracing programme to investigate serious crimes, and even then, each request has to be approved by the police’s CID. These are among the multiple…

TraceTogether data was accessed in May 2020 for Punggol Fields murder investigation

Police had sought – and got – access to TraceTogether data in their investigation into a murder last May, Minister of State for MHA Desmond Tan said. ST understands that this was the Punggol Fields murder. However, investigators…

Covid-19: 367 stay-home notices, 130 quarantine orders breached as of Jan 25

A total of 367 stay-home notices (SHN) and 130 quarantine orders had been breached as of Jan 25. This was out of a total 308,442 SHNs and 268,385 quarantine orders issued by that day during the Covid-19 pandemic,…

Pilots for reopening of nightclubs, KTV outlets deferred amid more community cases

Pilots for the reopening of nightclubs and karaoke outlets planned for Jan have been deferred until further notice, MTI and MHA said on Tues. The ministries pointed the decision to the recent increase in the number of community…

Contact tracing programme to be stood down when pandemic ends

The TraceTogether programme will be stood down when the Covid-19 pandemic ends, and much of the data collected will be deleted, said Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan yesterday. He added that MOH may want to retain epidemiological data for…

Coronavirus: TraceTogether data used in murder case, Singapore minister says as he defends police access to contact-tracing programme

Senior government ministers in Singapore on Tue defended the use of data from the country’s Covid-19 contact-tracing programme in criminal investigations, saying it would be used only in cases involving “serious offences”. Police had used the information from…

TraceTogether data can be used for criminal investigations: Desmond Tan

SPF is empowered under the CPC to obtain TraceTogether data for criminal investigations, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan in Parliament on Mon. He was responding to a question raised by Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP…

KTV outlets may now opt to be exempted from Covid-19 test

Selected karaoke outlets may be allowed to reopen without their customers needing to take a Covid-19 swab test as part of the pilot programme, says MHA. But these outlets must observe a different set of rules such as…

S’pore police ramp up security presence during festive season

SPF will continue to step up patrols during the festive season to project a presence and deter public security threats and crime. MHA said the police have intensified their patrols – including those by their quick-response counter-terrorism teams…

Covid-19: 3 nightspots in Orchard, Boat Quay to reopen from Dec 8 under strict safety rules in 2-month pilot

Three bars and pubs in central Singapore will be allowed to reopen from Tues for two months under a small-scale pilot held to examine how the nightlife industry can resume business safely amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A second…

Some nightspots to reopen in Dec with strict safety rules; aid package launched for firms exiting industry

After seven months of closure, a small number of nightlife venues will be allowed to reopen starting in Dec under a short pilot scheme with more stringent safety measures, MTI and MHA said. It will require surveillance cameras…

Harsher penalties for those who cause fire hazards, stricter enforcement to kick in on Sept 14

Starting next Mon, SCDF can immediately prosecute those who create serious fire safety risks, such as obstructing fire escape routes, as amendments to the Fire Safety Act come into effect. The Act, which was passed in Parliament last…

Stricter laws, tougher penalties to curb vice trend in heartlands

Stricter laws and tougher penalties will take effect on Fri in order to stem an increasing trend of vice in the Singapore heartlands. On Thurs, MHA said that amendments to the Women’s Charter – which was passed in…

Cheaper, extended licences for responsible massage parlour operators: MHA

Massage establishments that comply with regulations and conduct their business in a responsible manner will have their licences’ validity extended under an updated regulatory regime. Under the new initiatives for responsible massage establishments that will kick in from…

MHA to get tough on people who abuse security officers

People who abuse and harass private security officers while they are carrying out their duties face the prospect of being charged under new offences MHA plans to legislate. The ministry is looking at amending the Private Security Industry…

Grading exercise for security firms made optional in 2020 due to Covid-19: MHA

Given the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic, the authorities have made it optional for security agencies to participate in what is supposed to be a mandatory annual grading exercise that determines if firms get to renew their licences. On Fri,…

SUSS to offer Bachelor of Public Safety and Security course

Concerns about disease, data protection, environmental crises and other safety matters have led to the birth of a new university programme. The first of its kind in Singapore, the Bachelor of Public Safety and Security is now open…

MCSTs responsible for fire safety measures in condominiums: Sun Xueling

MCSTs are responsible for ensuring that all fire safety measures – including fire hose reels – in condominiums are functional, said Home Affairs Senior Parliamentary Secretary Sun Xueling. This is under the Fire Safety Act, she said in…

Watch that cigarette butt and BBQ embers – firestarters to feel more heat from the law from Jan 1

Anyone who does not properly dispose of lighted materials such as cigarette butts, incense and embers, and causes a fire will be taken to task from Jan 1 next year, under a new law. This will apply if…

SUSS, MHA launch full-time, direct honours degree in public safety and security

Those looking to pursue further studies in public safety and security will be able to do so in a new full-time bachelor’s degree programme that starts in July next year. The four-year direct honours programme was developed by…

MPs call for extension of harassment laws to better protect security guards, as condo video goes viral

Two labour MPs have renewed their calls for harassment laws to be extended to cover private security officers, as a video showing a condominium security officer being verbally abused by a resident went viral over the weekend. MP…

Proposed law puts onus on landlords to check that tenants are not using homes as brothels

The onus may soon be on homeowners and tenants, who let or sublet their premises, to conduct identity checks in a bid to ensure that these premises are not used as brothels. Changes to the Women’s Charter were…

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