Immigration breach, public transport issues to be aired in Parliament on Monday

SINGAPORE - Security breaches, which led to a Malaysian woman slipping past Woodlands Checkpoint and driving into a ministry's compound later, will be discussed in Parliament when it sits on Monday.


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Here is an exercpt from the Order Paper for the first session of Parliament on Monday, February 17:

*1. Mr Hri Kumar Nair:

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs if he will give an update on the investigations by the immigration authorities as to how a breach at Woodlands Checkpoint on 17 January 2014 resulting in an illegal entry into Singapore could have occurred.

*2. Assoc Prof Tan Kheng Boon Eugene:

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs if he can provide an update on the investigation over the breach at Woodlands Checkpoint on 17 January 2014 and the subsequent inadequate response actions by ICA and the police; and

(b) what immediate corrective measures have b een taken to improve security at all checkpoints and improve coordination and response by the Home Team agencies to security breaches.

*3. Ms Lee Li Lian:

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs

(a) what is the type of alert raised by the immigration authorities to the police and security forces upon finding out that a vehicle has illegally entered Singapore on 17 January 2014;

(b) whether it is a high-priority warning and, if not, why not; and

(c) what are the specific actions taken after such an alert is out.

*4. Ms Lee Li Lian:

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs

(a) in the past three years, how many cases of attempted immigration checkpoint evasions occurred;

(b) how long did the authorities take to solve these cases;

(c) what are the penalties meted out to these perpetrators;

(d) whether there are any new procedures introduced to prevent recurrences; and

(e) whether the current number of immigration officers is enough to deal with the surge in travellers during peak seasons.

*5. Mr Yee Jenn Jong: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs with regard to immigration and security functions at our checkpoints

(a) what percentage of the work is outsourced to auxiliary police or private entities and for what types of job functions;

(b) what percentage of the officers in charge of checkpoint clearances are outsourced personnel;

(c) what training and supervision are given to outsourced staff to ensure compliance with checkpoint procedures; and

(d) whether outsourced functions are being reviewed in light of the alleged security breach at the Woodlands Checkpoint on 17 January 2014

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