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Security and External Relations
 

The Security and External Relations Sector comprises the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). This sector accounts for $14.13 billion or 37.7% of government expenditure in FY2008.

The Security and External Relations Sector aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Peace, Security and Sovereignty
  • Safe Streets
  • Preparedness for Emergencies
  • Stable and Positive Relationships with Other Countries

Peace, Security and Sovereignty

MINDEF will ensure that Singaporeans continue to enjoy a peaceful and secure environment, with Singapore enjoying unimpeded access to its air and sea lines of communication. The SAF will maintain a high state of operational readiness to respond to any conventional or non-conventional threat to Singapore’s security, while maintaining a wide circle of defence ties with both regional and extra-regional friendly forces. The SAF will equip its servicemen with the necessary skills and knowledge to leverage on technologically advanced weapons and operational doctrines of modern warfare.

Safe Streets

$1.4 billion will be allocated to the Police Programme. This will be used predominantly for Police’s operating expenditure and for initiatives such as for the implementation of the Regulated Cargo Agent Regime (RCAR), the development of Police Coast Guard (PCG) Integrated Tactical Training Centre, as well as the procurement of a replacement fleet of Coastal Patrol Crafts for PCG.

$360.9 million will be allocated to the Treatment of Offenders Programme. This includes the development expenditure for the Redevelopment of Changi Prison Complex (CPC). The consolidation of Prisons’ institutions will enable operations and resources to be better optimised, as well as cater for a safer and more secure Prisons environment.

$337.8 million will be allocated for the Immigration and Checkpoints Control Programme. This will mainly be for Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s operating expenditure and for development expenditure to enhance our intelligence and enforcement capabilities at the checkpoints.

Preparedness for Emergencies

$316.8 million will be allocated for the Civil Defence Programme. This will be used for Civil Defence’s operating expenditure and for initiatives such as the construction of new Civil Defence public shelters in MRT stations along the Circle Line, as well as for the maintenance of existing public shelters around Singapore. A portion of this budget will also be used 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).

Stable and Positive Relationships with Other Countries

$400 million will be allocated to MFA to safeguard and promote the interests of Singapore and Singaporeans through effective diplomacy.

 
   
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