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The debate in 2 minutes

The Straits Times | Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014

ON THE AGENDA

A ROBUST debate took place in Parliament yesterday over the Remote Gambling Bill before it received an "aye".

The session also saw the introduction of 10 Bills, including two Private Member's Bills that were proposed by backbenchers.

Other issues debated included Singapore's maritime security and the threat posed by terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

New unit to track online gambling sites

THE Ministry of Home Affairs has formed a unit to ferret out gambling websites and related payment mechanisms.

These will then be blocked, as is allowed under the Remote Gambling Act passed by Parliament yesterday.

The unit will also monitor websites that offer services to help people bypass the blocking measures.

ISA could be used to pre-empt terror threats

THE Internal Security Act (ISA) could be used to pre-empt and neutralise terror threats to Singapore's security, such as that posed by Singaporeans who join or help ISIS, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. The ISA gives the Government the discretion to detain people without trial.

Mr Teo also said the Government will investigate "anyone who expresses support for terrorism or an interest to pursue violence".

More barriers for Singapore coastline

MORE physical structures will be put up around the coastline to secure the country's sea borders.

An extra 80km of sea-based and land barriers, like fences, will be installed. The result: barriers will cover 143km of Singapore's 193km coastline.

Future HDB blocks to come with cameras

HOUSING Board blocks built about two years from now will have surveillance cameras installed during their construction stage. The cameras will be installed in all blocks and multi-storey carparks, under the $160-million Community Policing System.

It is slated to be completed by end-2016.

Film on political exiles has 'untruths'

THE film To Singapore, With Love contains "untruths and deception" about the history of the communists and their violent acts, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim when explaining why it got a "Not Allowed for All Ratings" classification.

He also said that not taking action against films with distorted and untruthful accounts would give the false impression that there is truth to the claims.

Bills proposed by two groups of MPs

IT IS a rare move for backbenchers to introduce a Bill in Parliament.

But yesterday, there were two: The Animal and Birds (Amendment) Bill, which proposes tougher penalties for cruel acts against animals, and the Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill that would give Singapore legislation dedicated to battling human trafficking.


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