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Ministry Of Home Affairs (MHA)

Mission: We work as a team, in partnership with the community, to make Singapore our safe and secure Best Home.

The mission of MHA is to make Singapore a safe and secure best home for our people. Guided by Ministry Headquarters, the functions of preserving internal security, enforcing law and order, and protecting lives and property are carried out by six departments. They are the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the Internal Security Department (ISD), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), the Prisons Department, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). A total budget of $2,913.85 million has been allocated to MHA in FY2008 to achieve this mission.

Outcomes

To measure our success in achieving our vision, MHA has developed a set of nine desired outcomes. These desired outcomes are our qualitative long term goals and comprehensively cover the different aspects of our vision of making Singapore a safe and secure best home for our people. MHA thus aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • A safe and secure society where life and property are protected
  • Efficient registration of groups and people
  • Secure borders with efficient and legitimate flow of goods, people and conveyances
  • Secure and humane custody of prisoners
  • Effective rehabilitation of prisoners
  • A society free from drug activities
  • A Singapore well-prepared for emergencies, civil disasters and unconventional threats
  • A Home Team committed to organisational excellence and prepared for future challenges
  • Successful partnership with the community to maintain a safe and secure society

Description of Outcomes

A safe and secure society where life and property are  protected

This desired outcome is MHA’s long term target for our law enforcement and fire-fighting efforts. $1,623.12 million, which amounts to 55.7% of MHA’s budget, will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. The bulk of this amount will be channelled to the operations of SPF and SCDF. The primary functions carried out under SPF include upholding the law, protecting life and property, preventing crime and disorder, detecting and apprehending offenders, and preserving security within mainland Singapore and Singapore Territorial Waters, while those under SCDF include the provision of fire fighting, rescue and emergency ambulance services.

Some of the major initiatives and programmes undertaken to support this desired outcome are:

  • $65 million will be set aside for the replacement of the current fleet of aging Coastal Patrol Crafts for the Police Coast Guard (PCG). The new craft will enhance PCG’s capabilities in incident response, surveillance and interception. This would be a significant step towards building a PCG that can provide a higher level of security in the Singapore Territorial Waters, in light of the increase in threat level in the maritime environment.

    Coastal Patrol Crafts
  • $14.3 million for the construction of a new fire station on Jurong Island (Banyan Fire Station) to meet the increase in demand arising from the expansion of Jurong Island. The development of this new infrastructure will better serve and protect the industrial community on Jurong Island, as well as the population on mainland Singapore.

    Banyan Fire Station
  • $11 million will be set aside for the construction of an Integrated Tactical Training Centre (ITTC) that will provide more comprehensive training for maritime operations as part of our continued efforts to enhance our border security.


  • $2 million will be set aside for the implementation of the Regulated Cargo Agent Regime (RCAR), a mandated security standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to enhance air cargo security.

Efficient registration of groups and people

This desired outcome is MHA’s long term target for registration services provided to people and groups such as visas, permanent residents (PR), citizenship services as well as registration of societies. This outcome will be achieved through facilitating the provision of immigration and registration facilities, such as the issuance of travel and identification documents, birth or death registration, processing and granting of immigration passes, Permanent Residence and Citizenship status, etc. $102.5 million will be spent to achieving this desired outcome. This constitutes 3.52% of MHA’s budget.

Some of the major initiatives and programmes undertaken to support this desired outcome are:

  • $8.1 million will be set aside for the development of the Central Identification & Registration Information System (CIRIS), as well as systems to support electronic applications for immigration passes, visas and other facilities. These developments not only further enhance our identification and authentication capabilities, but will also improve efficiency, streamline processes through leveraging on technology, and make it more convenient for public to access these services.

    CIRIS
  • $6.3 million will be set aside to beef up the manning at the land checkpoints to enhance clearance efficiency and ease the traffic congestion.
  • Part of the budget will also be used to develop more e-services and more secured documents, which will include a new ‘Long Term Pass (LTP) Card’ for LTP holders. $1.3 million will be set aside for this initiative, which is a collaboration between MCYS, MOM, MFA and ICA. It aims to better identify LTP holders with LTP cards, which will be printed with their photograph, thumbprint and other tamper-proof security features.

    Long Term Pass (LTP)

Secure borders with efficient and legitimate flow of goods, people and conveyances

This desired outcome represents MHA’s long term target in safeguarding our borders, while at the same time ensuring an efficient flow of legitimate goods, people and conveyances through our borders. $276.5 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 9.49% of MHA’s budget. Some of the major initiatives will include:

  • $9.3 million will be set aside for the installation of additional Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (E-IACS). This system leverages on biometric technology to enhance the security in immigration clearance, and at the same time expedite the clearance process.

    Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System (E-IACS)
  • $3.8 million will be set aside for the provision of people and goods clearance services at Changi Airport’s new Terminal 3 according to the national security standards and in support of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s (CAAS) efforts in maintaining Changi Airport’s competitive edge and premier status.
  • $2.7 million will be set aside for the expansion and enhancement of the existing Biometrics Identification of Motorbikers System (BIKES) at the checkpoints. This development will enable a more secure and higher clearance rate of motorcyclists and pillion riders at the land checkpoints.

    Biometrics Identification of Motorbikers System (BIKES)
  • A portion of the budget will be used to handle increasing cargo and passenger volume at our sea checkpoints. An example includes the upgraded International Passenger Terminal (IPT) at Singapore Cruise Centre, which will be able to accommodate an increasing number of cruise liners and the upcoming mega cruise liners.

Secure and humane custody of prisoners

This desired outcome represents MHA’s long term target of safe and secure custody of offenders in Prisons. $239.15 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 8.21% of MHA’s budget.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiative:

  • $101.4 million will be allocated for the Redevelopment of Changi Prison Complex (CPC). The consolidation of Prisons’ institutions will allow for operations and assets to be streamlined, thereby enabling more optimal allocation of manpower and other resources, as well as releasing valuable land parcels currently occupied by various Prisons’ institutions for national redevelopment. The centralised arrangement of facilities will also ensure faster mobilisation of manpower in the event of a crisis situation in any institution located within the complex, thereby leading to a safer and more secure Prisons environment.

    Changi Prison Complex (CPC)

Effective rehabilitation of prisoners

The Home Team recognises that effective enforcement is only one part of the equation. Successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders will ensure that they become contributing members to the well-being of the society and not re-offend. $117.64 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 4.04% of MHA’s budget.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes:

  • $0.8 million will be set aside for the Yellow Ribbon Project to further promote the acceptance reintegration of ex-offenders into the community following its earlier success and momentum built up over the past years. A series of activities and events will be lined up to further its cause. An example of a successful past event is the Yellow Ribbon Walk & Fair held in Sep 2007, which attracted over 10,000 participants.

    Yellow Ribbon Project
  • $0.45 million will be set aside for the development of a Day Reporting Centre. The Day Reporting Centre will facilitate the management of inmates emplaced on Community Based Programmes (CBPs). The Centre will engage professionals and social agencies to deliver programmes to teach CBP inmates practical skills such as anger management, relapse prevention and handling estranged family relations in preparation for their re-integration to society.

A society free from drug activities

This desired outcome captures the long term target of our operations in narcotics control. $38 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 1.3% of MHA’s budget.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiative:

  • $24 million will be set aside for the enhancement of our intelligence and enforcement capabilities at the various checkpoints through closer collaborations among the Home Team agencies and with their foreign counterparts in intelligence sharing and joint operations.

A Singapore well-prepared for emergencies, civil disasters and unconventional threats

This desired outcome captures the Home Team’s core operations in the area of security and counter-terrorism. MHA aims to provide robust Homeland security for Singapore, to prepare Singapore well for any terrorist threats or emergencies. $102.12 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 3.5% of MHA’s budget.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiative:

  • $40.86 million will be allocated for the construction of public shelters in MRT stations along the Circle Line, as well as for the maintenance of existing public shelters around Singapore for the protection of civilians in times of national emergencies.

    MRT stations along the Circle Line

Successful partnership with the community to maintain a safe and secure society

To maintain safety and security in an increasingly complex operating environment, it is not sufficient for the Home Team to do it alone. The Home Team cannot do everything and be everywhere. The community too, has an important role to play in ensuring its own safety and security. This is why successful partnership with the community is one of the Home Team’s desired outcomes. $46.22 million will be spent to achieve this desired outcome. This constitutes 1.59% of MHA’s budget.

To achieve this outcome, we will be undertaking the following major initiatives and programmes:

  • $27.2 million will be set aside for public education programmes such as Total Defence, Community Preparedness and Civil Defence Volunteerism, as well as the continual expansion of the uniformed group National Civil Defence Cadet Corps (NCDCC) into secondary schools and recruitment for the Civil Defence Auxiliary Unit (CDAU).

    public education programmes
  • $4 million will be used to carry out preventive drug education activities which aim to promote a drug-free lifestyle. MHA will continue to engage the community via schools, grassroots organisations and self-help groups with a variety of preventive drug education initiatives. Through community involvement, we seek to heighten awareness and knowledge on the harmfulness of drug abuse and clarify misconceptions. This initiative also achieves the outcome of Singapore being a society free from drug activities.

    preventive drug education activities

Conclusion

To find out more about MHA and our initiatives, please feel free to visit our website at http://www.mha.gov.sg.

 
   
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