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08 Dec 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 93
Prefer to go to jail

My friend told me. A few years ago, he went to jail for a few weeks because he refused to pay a traffic fine of a few thousand dollars. He said that being jailed for a traffic offense is NOT a criminal offense, so there is no criminal record. In the jail, he met another prisoner who had been in jail off and on for several years. The long term prisoner related his personal circumstance. He come from a large family. He has been jobless. He committed an offense and spent some......



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19 Nov 2019
Ministry of Law
Reply View - 169
Verification, checks had to be conducted before CPF money processed

We thank Mr Benjamin Chiang for his feedback (Claiming CPF monies with no nomination a frustrating experience, Nov 8). Mr Chiang's case involved the distribution of monies to several beneficiaries who were related to the deceased Central Provident Fund (CPF) member across generations. The Public Trustee had to confirm the identities of all lawfully entitled beneficiaries, establish if they remained alive, and work out the division of the claims. If so......



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08 Nov 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 2
Claiming CPF monies with no nomination a frustrating experience

As someone currently going through the process of claiming unnominated Central Provident Fund (CPF) monies for a deceased relative, I find the experience frustrating (Over $200m in CPF monies with no nomination left unclaimed, Oct 21). To begin, there have been bugs in the website, which caused confusion early in the submission. Separately, if you want to submit bank account information, it is unintuitively found in another section of the website, with another set of administrativ......



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07 Nov 2019
Ministry of Law
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Pawnbrokers obliged to check if goods are obtained through dishonest means

We thank Ms Lam Miin Yee for her letter (Get pawnshops to check source of items pawned, Nov 2) where she called for the authorities to consider requiring pawnbroking businesses to do due diligence before accepting items pawned. Under the Pawnbrokers Act, a pawnbroker, prior to taking the goods in pawn, is required to take reasonable steps to satisfy itself that the goods were not stolen or obtained through fraudulent or dishonest means. Failure to do so is an offenc......



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05 Oct 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 4
Preventing sexual offences before they happen

Yet another day, yet another offence of a sexual nature (Yale-NUS suspends student charged with filming upskirt and shower videos of women on campus; ST Online, Oct 3). Although stiff punishments can serve as a deterrent against sex offences they do not address the problem at the root. In general, offenders do not think twic......



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05 Oct 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 168
More can be done to speed up settlement of divorce cases

The Family Justice Courts (FJC) have made great strides towards improving the divorce process. These include: • making e-Litigation accessible to litigants-in-person (LIP) • granting judges the ability to reject unnecessary applications; • allowing judges to make a ruling based on filings without the attendance of parties and counsels. The first levels the playing field a little better for the LIPs, the second reduces some of the malicious delay tactics......



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19 Sep 2019
Ministry of Law
Reply View - 1
Tech solutions in place to ensure access to justice for all litigants

We thank Madam Lily Ong for her views (Legal tech should benefit both industry and public, Sept 11). The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) is committed to ensuring access to justice for all, not just in technological solutions to enhance the delivery of quality legal services overall, but also in measures which support the litigant directly. For the vulnerable in society, civil legal aid is available through the Legal Aid Bureau. We are simplifying the means t......



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11 Sep 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 1
Legal tech should benefit both industry and public

Law Minister K. Shanmugam, at the recent TechLaw.Fest conference, showed his audience an example where five contracts were reviewed by artificial intelligence in a mere 26 seconds - versus 20 experienced human lawyers taking 92 minutes - and with greater accuracy. With local fees for top lawyers among the world's highest (On phone with lawyer? That will go into bill, Sept 8), technology has made it possible for routine legal work to be done in a much quicker and far less costly ma......



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30 Aug 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 2
Better enforcement of court orders needed

In recent years, the Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) has advocated improving housing access for single-parent families via changes to Housing Board rules, such as by allowing unmarried mothers and their children to form a family nucleus to buy and rent from HDB. In my work there, I have come across at least two cases of divorced mothers who had trouble securing alternative housing because their ex-husbands did not comply with court orders to sell the matrimoni......



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14 Aug 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 4
Safeguard clients if new payment system for lawyers is introduced

If the Law Ministry is to introduce conditional fee agreements (CFAs), there must be safeguards to protect clients (New payment system for lawyers under study, Aug 9). What happens if, midway through a case, it becomes apparent that the chances of success are not as high as first thought? Would the lawyer cut his losses, or would he be obliged by the terms of the......



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01 Jul 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 199
High handed civil service

I submitted a suggestion to the minister for law to allow third party funding for legal expenses involved in collected sales. I received a reply, after one reminder, that they will consider the matter. There was no reply for more than six months. I followed up to ask for a reply. I finally received a reply after waiting for another month. The ministry replied that they have considered my suggestion an......



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01 Jun 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 7
Harsher stance needed on paedophiles

The case of convicted Australian paedophile Boris Kunsevitsky and evidence that he had sexually abused five children in Singapore over a decade ago has made Singaporeans sit up (Aussie listed child porn images as 'jailbait', May 30). And his case may be just the tip of the iceberg. In Asian society, people have a tendency to look away even when they spot danger signs that a baby, child or teenager may be in danger from a sexual predator. ......



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23 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 7
Singapore's suicide law not blind adherence to past

The discussion on criminalising attempted suicide was a discussion of how a democratic state like Singapore, through its laws, signals the importance of life, which is crucial. We should, therefore, be very careful when raising points, regardless of which side we are supporting. I am thus deeply concerned by points raised by ST Forum contributor Dennis Chan Hoi Yim (Criminalisation of suicide is archaic, May 14) because his arguments co......



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21 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 14
Surge pricing should be regulated

Surge pricing was introduced by ride hailing companies, such as Uber and Grab. The largest regular taxi company, Comfort, is planning to implement it. Now a food delivery company, Deliveroo, is planning to introduce surge pricing. How far should surge pricing be allowed? Can any business be allowed to introduce surge pricing, as it "reflects the market"? Should pricing continue to be regulated by the government? I like to share my views......



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19 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 182
Worrisome features about POFMA

I attended a forum organised by Function 8 about POFMA, the fake news law.  The panelists point out the following worrisome features about POFMA: a) The govt can exempt certain people from the law. They have already taken the decision to exempt ministers.  A speaker pointed out that the law should apply to everybody and nobody should be exempted - even minister. Does this mean that a minister can make a falsehoo......



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18 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 128
How can POFMA be improved?

I wish to suggest what is wrong with the fake news law or POFMA and what can be done to improve it. First, here are the features that are wrong: a) The law targets the wrong activities. It is not falsehood that is wrong, but hate news.  b) The actors are not necessary the anti-establishment people; even the establishment people can engage in hate news.  c)  The law creates a new set of people......



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17 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 127
Let the court decide on what is fake news

Under the POFMA or fake news law, any of the 20 ministers can make a determination that a news is false and require the news item to be corrected or taken down.  I suggest that this determinaition should be made by the court, rather than a minister. This will ensure that there is consistency in making the determination. If I am not mistaken, the minister for law has said that this approach would be time consuming.  br ......



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08 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 179
Trust in key institutions

The minister of law said in Parliament that the fake news law is needed to retain trust in key institutions. Click here I agree that there is a need to deal with actors who deliberate create fake news and propagate it widely using bots and other automated means.  I believe that this abuse can already b......



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07 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 170
Issue of order relating to fake news

The minister for law said in Parliament that individuals who appeal to the courts to challenge a minister’s order relating to fake news could have their cases heard as quickly as nine days after the challenge and that the cost would be kept "very low", with no court fees imposed for the first three days of hearing. I suggest that the order relating to fake news by issued by the court in the first place, based on a complaint lodged by the minis......



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05 May 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 166
Deal with harmful news, and not fake news

Do we have a serious problem with fake news? No, we do not. The existing laws are able to cope with any fake news. We do not need any new controversial law that is suspected to be an attempt to stifle dissent and criticism of the government.  What is wrong with the approach adopted by the govt? a) The govt is going after the wrong people. The people that created the most harm are not those that generate fake news. Th......



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26 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 5
Singapore law should not bend to public pressure

I would like to urge members of the public to rein themselves in before lashing out at the perpetrator in the case of sexual misconduct at the National University of Singapore (NUS to relook disciplinary processes after student's complaint, April 21). Granted, people feel a sense of injustice, but the police were already called in and a decision was made. I do not think that the law in Singapore can simply be bent due to pressure by the......



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10 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 467
Difference between fake news and opinion

If I say - Singapore has among the highest cost of living in the world, can any minister challenge me and ask me to remove this statement as it is "fake news"? The minister may argue: a) The high cost of living applies only to expatriates b) The high cost of living does not apply to all locals c) The high cost is due to personal choice and consumption If I were asked to remove my statement, what can I do? I ......



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08 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Negative View - 270
Laws need to be enforced

This PAP government is very good at passing legislation and laws in Parliament because of their absolute majority advantage. We have laws against many offenses and irresponsible behavior. But laws on their own, if they are not backed up with serious and regular ground enforcement efforts, is a toothless tiger at best. Examples of lax or no enforcement are too many./fo......



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05 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 148
Reduce the cost of litigation (2)

It is too costly to fight a case in court. The lawyer fees are too high. They can get out of control. Ordinary people cannot afford the high cost. They do not have access to justice. I now give my suggestion to reduce the cost of litigation.  a) Set a cap on the legal fees for most type common cases. This will ensure that lawyers do not drag on a case to earn a higher per hour rate. b) Set a cap on the per hour ......



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04 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 64
A less costly way to settle disputes

The usual way to settle a dispute is by litigation, i.e. file a lawsuit and argue the case in court. It can be very expensive. The fees charged by lawyers are very high. The practice of the court is also quite archaic. A lot of documents have to be presented that takes a lot of time, but does not really appear to be relevant.  The alternative ways to settle disputes are: br......



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03 Apr 2019
Ministry of Law
Suggestion View - 148
Administrator for Fake News Law

I agree with the intent of the fake news law. We should stop people from deliberately creating and sharing fake news. If they do it unintentionally, they should be asked and allowed to make the correction. Most people probably share the same view. However, they seem to object to the approach taken in the implementation. The minister appears to be the person who decide of what is "fake news".  The minister has explain......



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30 Mar 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 7
False claims in divorce cases an abuse of court processes

Mr John Timothy Driscoll's letter raises a very pertinent and critical issue in the ongoing discussion on issues related to family conflict and breakdown (Law shouldn't allow dads to lose rights to kids without hearings, March 20). In cases of divorce and other family confl......



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29 Mar 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 7
Compassion must be tempered by respect for the law

Mr Phillip Tan Fong Lip's call for care and compassion is not unwarranted (Show compassion to those coming here to earn money, March 27), yet this compassion must be tempered with caution, discretion and respect for the law. Open policies, lax laws, inefficient policing and lenient sent......



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13 Feb 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 347
Spike in online talk critical of S'pore during spat with KL

The Minister of State for Law said that the spike in online comments critical of Singapore on the social media showed how foreign actors could interfere in Singapore politics. I believe that he is stretching his suspicion too far. Here are my views. During the recent quarrel with Malaysia, there was clearly a jam in the causeway and second link. On a few days, the jam lasted several hours. This was experienced by tra......



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08 Feb 2019
Ministry of Law
Feedback View - 544
Fine imposed by IMDA on Sing Post

IMDA has imposed a fine of $100,000 for failing to meet the service standards. Read here. I wish to raise the following questions: a) How is this amount calculated? b) Who decides on the amount of penalty to impo......



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