MHA’s Committee of Supply Parliamentary Speeches 2015
MHA’s key initiatives for FY 2015 were featured at the Committee of Supply debate in Parliament in March.
DPM Teo said that robust laws, effective enforcement and strong community partnerships have helped the Home Team maintain a high level of safety and security. Singapore faces security challenges in the areas of terrorism and the growing threat of ISIS, transnational crime and cybercrime, and the changing domestic operating environment such as our ageing population which would place greater demands on the Home Team. DPM reiterated that our society needed to be ready to withstand, and maintain social cohesion and harmony, in the aftermath of any terrorist attack. Besides resourcing the Home Team adequately, DPM said that the Home Team would need to make full use of the potential of our officers, significantly step up our investments to leverage on systems and technology, and take our community partnerships to the next level. DPM recognised the contributions of our Home Team Pioneers and said that MHA would be paying special tribute to them through the “Tribute to Home Team Pioneers” exhibition to be held in May, as part of the Home Team’s SG50 activities this year which would culminate in the Home Team Festival in November.
Second Minister Iswaran focused his speech on Home Team strategies to keep Singapore safe and secure by strengthening frontline policing capabilities, leveraging technology and strengthening community partnerships. Second Minister gave a status update on the implementation of the Community Policing System (COPS), which was introduced in 2012 to enhance frontline crime-fighting capabilities. Second Minister said that the Police had harnessed technological initiatives including PolCams, body-worn cameras and in-vehicle recording systems. Second Minister said that a new Cybercrime Command, specialising in cyber-investigations and digital forensics, would be set up within CID. He also said that the Police have set up online portals such as CrimeStopper and the Traffic Police’s “E-Feedback on Road Users” to engage a more tech-savvy generation of Singaporeans.
SMS Masagos focused on the overall drug situation in Singapore and the strategies to deal with the challenges, our current road traffic situation, and the Home Team’s efforts in community partnerships. Against the backdrop of increasing proportions of younger drug abusers and the rising number of cannabis abusers, SMS reiterated the importance of maintaining a zero-tolerance approach against drugs and stressed the need to protect our youths from the scourge of drugs. On road safety, SMS announced that the Traffic Police would be launching a new road safety campaign to encourage all road users to “Use Your RoadSense”. SMS also explained how initiatives such as the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s “Save a Life” and “Neighbourhood Active Responder Programme” could help the community nurture a greater sense of ownership for its security and emergency response.