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Sunday, April 29, 2007

A Singapore SAFE for all

My favourite bit:

"Is there any check on the use of the ISA?

The President of the Republic of Singapore has veto power over preventive detentions. This means the President has the power to reject the Government’s proposal to detain someone if the ISA Advisory Board is also against the detention.

Finally, the greatest check against the abuse of the ISA is a political one.

Although the law allows the Minister for Home Affairs to approve an Order of Detention, such decisions have always been made by the Prime Minister and his Cabinet (his Ministers). They must be satisfied that the Order of Detention is necessary before they approve it.

As Singapore is a parliamentary democracy, the Government is elected by the people. The Government will be held responsible by all Singaporeans if it abuses the powers of the ISA.

The people of Singapore are therefore the greatest check on any abuse of the ISA’s powers of preventive detention."

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