SINGAPORE: The Republic faces three main security challenges — terrorism; transnational and cyber crime; and domestic challenges — which will require the right strategy and additional resources to address, said Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday (Mar 6). To counter these threats, the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) expenditure will increase by 11.7 per cent in the coming fiscal year. Over the next five years, the ministry’s expenditure will increase from 1.1 per cent of nominal GDP in FY2014 to 1.3 per cent, said Mr Teo at the Committee of Supply 2015 debate in Parliament. About 2,000 more officers will be added to its current pool in five years. Much of the expenditure increase will go into an increase in spending on new systems and technology, with development expenditure rising from 8 per cent in the past five years to 20 per cent in the coming five years. THE TERRORISM THREAT The threat of terrorism has been driven home in recent months by the Sydney siege last December, Paris attacks in January and Copenhagen shooting last month, as well as the rise of the Islamic State. “The Home Team will continue to deter and […]
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