Parliament on Thursday (Jan 29) passed the MediShield Life Scheme Bill, which will provide universal insurance coverage for all Singaporeans. On Friday, it passed a Bill which will exert tougher controls on the supply and consumption of alcohol in public places.
Parliament highlights on Monday focused on the recent security breach at Woodlands Checkpoint. Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean said a ministry-level committee has been formed to review security measures at Singapore's two checkpoints. On another security issue, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said about 350 travellers per year have been detected to be in possession of forged or tampered passports, or had presented a passport that do not belong to them. The Geographical Indications Bill was among two Bills passed.