Bid to beef up security at buildings terrorists may target

Security personnel patrolling at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on May 22, 2017.
Security personnel patrolling at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on May 22, 2017. PHOTO: ST FILE

The Ministry of Home Affairs will be given powers to demand that buildings deemed to be potential targets of terrorists put in place enhanced security measures.

A proposed law introduced in Parliament yesterday will give the ministry, among other things, the right to direct selected new buildings to integrate security measures into their designs before they are built, and for designated existing buildings to be retrofitted with security features when they are renovated.

The Infrastructure Protection Bill will also give security personnel of sensitive installations the powers to deal with threats in their vicinity, including questioning suspicious people and inspecting their belongings. It will be debated in a later sitting of Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2017, with the headline 'Bid to beef up security at buildings terrorists may target'. Print Edition | Subscribe