Published: 02 October 2018
Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs what is the strategy and sustainable action to handle the drug-related issues in the back lanes and coffee shops in Geylang, in particular Lorong 22 to Lorong 40.
1. The Police, Central Narcotics Bureau and Health Sciences Authority adopt a coordinated and multi-agency approach to tackle illicit activities in Geylang. This includes frequent joint patrols and enforcement operations.
2. These efforts are augmented by the deployment of auxiliary police officers, who also perform high-visibility patrols and enforce against a wide range of regulatory offences.
3. The Police have also installed more cameras and improved the lighting in Geylang to enhance the deterrence and detection of illicit activities, especially at the back lanes. There are now close to 300 cameras in Geylang, six times more than in 2014.
4. With these sustained efforts by the law enforcement agencies, including at Lorong 22 to Lorong 40, the crime, drug and illegal medicine situation in Geylang remains under control. We will continue our tough enforcement approach, and further step up as necessary. We will also continue to work closely with the local grassroots, residents, business operators and other Government agencies.