Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Police Reports of Suspicious Mail Stopped by Postal Services, by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 20 November 2018


Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) in the last three years, how many reports of suspicious mails stopped by postal services have been reported to the police; (b) whether there has been any person apprehended; and (c) what measures are put in place to ensure the timely reporting of such detected mails.



  1. When a suspicious mail is discovered, the SOP is for SingPost to refer it to the Police and SCDF, who will respond to assess the threat, and contain it if necessary.


  2. From 2015 to the first half of 2018, there was a single case of suspicious mail that was stopped by SingPost. In that case, which took place in 2016, a parcel containing foul-smelling liquid was detected. Police and SCDF responded, and determined that there was no threat and no malicious intent. There were consequently no arrests.