Criminal Law (Temporary Provision)(CLTPA) Amendments bill
The Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) (CLTPA) Bill was introduced for Second Reading in Parliament this afternoon. The CLTPA was enacted on 21 October 1955 and was introduced to address the serious threat posed by communism and secret societies. Over time, the powers under the Act have been invoked in response to new criminal threats such as drug trafficking and unlicensed money-lending. While we have managed to mitigate these threats with the support of the community and the vigilance of our law enforcement agencies, the CLTPA remains an essential component of our overall law enforcement effort, given the evolving nature of crime. Robust safeguards and checks and balances have been built into the Act, and the administrative processes that give it effect. The powers under the CLTPA will continue to be exercised judiciously in the interests of public safety, peace, and good order.
The Act was last extended by Parliament in February 2009 and will expire on 20th October 2014. The CLTPA Bill will seek to extend the Act for a further five years with effect from 21st October 2014.
For more information on the amendments, please click [here] to read Second Minister’s speech.