SINGAPORE: To strengthen public order during election rallies, the government will consider on—site measures and mandatory deposits, which would be forfeited if breaches of permit conditions occur.
Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said that over the last 10 years, there have been 31 breaches of rally regulations by all political parties, including poor crowd management and exceeding time limits for rallies.
Nominated MP Eugene Tan raised the concern during Parliament on Tuesday.
Nominated Member of Parliament assistant professor Eugene Tan said: "You can have situations in which parties would compete to see who can push the limits governing the permits to the extreme. And I think this would be dangerous, problematic for crowd control and public safety."
Mr Masagos Zulkifli said: "We believe that we should take a non—escalatory approach at this point in time because as you all know, election period are times when emotions run high. It’s prudent for police to take a precautionary stance.
"Police orders ought to be taken seriously no matter how minor the directions are. So that the permit holders as well as the candidates can carry out their rallies in an orderly fashion and then the security and safety of the crowds can be assured."
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