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Teo Chee Hean, Home affairs

Singapore considering laws to curb cyber bullying

Published on Mar 2, 2012 6:00 AM

Singapore is considering introducing laws to combat cyber bullying and other forms of Internet harassment.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is studying the need for such laws, with the Law Ministry and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

The ministries, while looking into the subject, will consider enhancing the ways a victim of a non-criminal wrongdoing, such as online defamation, can seek redress.

For instance, even while he is suing for defamation, he should be able to protect himself by obtaining an injunction to order the removal of the defamatory statements on the Internet, said Mr Teo, who is also the Home Affairs Minister.

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"Ultimately, what we want is for the Home Team to build strong partnerships with a vigilant and resilient community, one that draws strength from itself, works together to overcome a challenge, and emerges stronger."

DPM and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean