MSF to hold public consultation on changes to Mental Capacity Act

A Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Social Service Office in Punggol.
A Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Social Service Office in Punggol. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is proposing changes to the Mental Capacity Act, and it wants public input.

According to a statement released on Monday (Dec 7), it is asking for changes in three key areas of the Act, which allows adults to legally appoint donees to take charge of their welfare and estate in the event that they lose mental capacity.

Firstly, the MSF wants to introduce professional donees and deputies, who are court-appointed people to make decisions on the behalf of someone who has lost mental capacity.

It also wants to revise the grounds on which a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or deputyship order can be revoked by the Court.

An LPA is a a legal instrument to allow another person to act on someone's behalf if he loses mental capacity.

Lastly, it wants to allow the court to temporarily suspend a donee's or deputy's powers in the absence of a pending Court application.

Interested members of the public can log on to the Government's e-consultation portal Reach to give their take on the matter.

They can also send an e-mail by 11:59pm, Dec 28, to consultations@msf.gov.sg; fax to +65 6708 7138; or post to Family Development Group, MSF, 20 Lengkok Bahru #04-02, Singapore 159053.