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Dennis Tan on Coroners (Amendment) Bill

In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), MP Dennis Tan raised questions about proposed changes to the Coroners Act. The first change would give the Law Minister the power to release a dead body at the request of a foreign state under certain circumstances. Mr Tan asked what prompted this, how common such discretion is and whether other countries are likely to reciprocate. He also asked what safeguards are in place in the event of a suspicious death. On another proposal allowing a Coroner to decide not to view a body, Mr Tan wanted to know if this was brought on by a significant shortage of resources for the Police, Health Sciences Authority and Coroner’s Office and if so, whether that issue should be addressed instead.

In Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 5), MP Dennis Tan raised questions about proposed changes to the Coroners Act. The first change would give the Law Minister the power to release a dead body at the request of a foreign state under certain circumstances. Mr Tan asked what prompted this, how common such discretion is and whether other countries are likely to reciprocate. He also asked what safeguards are in place in the event of a suspicious death. On another proposal allowing a Coroner to decide not to view a body, Mr Tan wanted to know if this was brought on by a significant shortage of resources for the Police, Health Sciences Authority and Coroner’s Office and if so, whether that issue should be addressed instead.

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