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New law to protect vulnerable adults positive, but gaps remain

It is proactive to prepare for ageing population. But do its powers of protection go too far? And what about financial abuse, and compulsory reporting?

The recent enactment of a long-awaited law to protect vulnerable adults such as seniors and those with disabilities from abuse and neglect is overall a positive move.

The Vulnerable Adults Act passed by Parliament two weeks ago will give Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) officials sweeping powers to enter private premises to assess a person's well-being and move those who are abused or deemed at high risk to a temporary safe place. Up till now, MSF officials have not had such powers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'New law to protect vulnerable adults positive, but gaps remain'. Print Edition | Subscribe