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Law that allows invasion of privacy

Glad that Actor Nick Mikhail has given us an insight into the law that allows invasion of privacy by officers of the URA. If I am not wrong, the power to enter private properties have been given to officers of many ministries and not just the URA.

Looking at the video, the raid looks exactly like what police officers would do when they enter premises. Officers raid in a gang of 4 or more. The whole idea is to intimidate the occupants. In a way, I think the officers feel more secure.

It is irresponsible of the minister for home affairs to make laws empowering non-police officers to raid premises. Worse, to empower them to raid without warrants.

Activists have long suffered raids by police officers for the most ridiculous of offences. Mobile phones, computers, hard disks and electronic devices have been seized only to be returned months or years after in poor or damaged state.

Nick Mikhail’s unfortunate experience has opened our eyes that it is not just activists who will suffer all these bullying by people in power.

Thank you Nick Mikhail. I am sorry you and your family have been treated in this way.

 

Soh Lung Teo

 

 

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13 Responses to “Law that allows invasion of privacy”

  • Smart Nation:

    He should demand to know who lodged the complaint that warranted such an invasion of his home and privacy? It could have been someone with an axe to grind. The home is supposed to be a safe sanctuary and no one should be allowed to intrude into someone’s home on any pretext or complaint, not even law enforcement officers without a proper warrant issued by a legal authority. The law should take action against anyone who makes a false report. Do you think this is all acting, put up to create a climate of fear and intimidation?

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  • intimidation at its best:

    This is intimidation at its best.

    With more public CCTVs on every nook and lampost, is there still a need to invade anyone’s privacy without official warrant?

    Just scan the video recordings so the movement as well as the action of everyone on the street, lift lobby, outside public toilets and premises, gated or ungated, is good enough to ascertain whether such invasion of privacy is justifiable.

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  • Kim:

    Welcome to North Korea.

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  • John Richards:

    I am curious. What are these ‘ambassadors’ looking for in people’s homes? I mean if people have broken social gathering restrictions, all these officers need to do is to quickly walk into each room to see if anybody is hiding there. Right?

    If there’s nobody hiding in a closet or toilet, leave immediately. It shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 minutes.

    What next, they want access to your computers and mobile phones?

    Vote this government out!

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  • Pap mission: condemn 2 copy:

    Democratic nation boaster corks, including ownself declared ownself leader of the free world n the little yelping red dot, think by condemning Commo n crammy little dictators will elevate its standing in the free world; the louder n more ostensibly, the higher it will crime. BUT the absolute power is too tempting to imitate.

    When SIN chieftain was around n amending SIN democratic Constitution so rampantly that amazed few more sensible n sensitive foreign diehard journalists with acute sense of professionalism to such limit that move them to ask the chieftain “what kind of democracy he is practising in sin”. Shocked but with its usual countenance of devilish rage, he paused to look with its iconic scorn of “who the hell u think u r to ask such an u know what question” but relented surpringly, perhaps with image integrity flashing thru momentarily, replied cacklingly with a crooked smile: “ modified democracy” followed Immediately with his well taken gesture to signal a handup to take his turn.

    So as good old Brit Shakespear lamented “Life is but a stage”. If o Bard rose again, he might have confessed his error n amends “Politics is but a stage of annoying inferior clowns”

    Cannot recruit tier 1 Singaporeans
    I shall return to fix it?
    Sending Yang n Ling with the warning message of CBs n Dynasty Agenda with just lift out from fuming hot oil pan honor of “Cotton Sheep failing accountability DHS”. Could cotton sheep be a pre YL messenger re accountability!

    Weird u may think but as old wise chinese know “ Better to believe it happens than to believe it isn’t” Weird!?

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  • Lie Con U rises from grave:

    The fact of the matter is that NOBODY COMPLAINED. It is to CREATE A CLIMATE OF FEAR AND INTIMIDATION.Our

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  • Lie Con U rises from grave:

    Our fondling PM Lie Con U was a MATSER AT CREATING A CLIMATE OF FEAR AND INTIMIDATION.To this ARSEHOLE if he did not LIKE YOUR FACE he will brand you A COMMUNIST and throw you in prison without trial.
    This NEW KIDS IN THE BLOCK PAP is trying to follow the style of their master THE STREET FIGHTER who was in fact a FUCKING COWARD.

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  • nitrogen:

    Smart Nation:
    He should demand to know who lodged the complaint that warranted such an invasion of his home and privacy? It could have been someone with an axe to grind. The home is supposed to be a safe sanctuary and no one should be allowed to intrude into someone’s home on any pretext or complaint, not even law enforcement officers without a proper warrant issued by a legal authority. The law should take action against anyone who makes a false report. Do you think this is all acting, put up to create a climate of fear and intimidation?

    Wonder what happens if the invasion is on 38 Oxy Road?

    Will it happen?

    It will happen.

    When will it happen?

    It depends on when pap is disbanded. Fast is in 3 years’ time. Slow is in about 8 years’ time.

    All in less than 10 years. In other words, very soon.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Is the complainant punished for making a false complain? Can I make complaint secretly of my neighbours just for the fun of it?

    Is the victims compensated for the any injury, emotionally or physically? What about mopping the floor with so many foot prints?

    What happens if the occupant of the premises infected by these officers. Don’t forget these officers went to several houses prior to this visit. They were inspecting none compliant Covid-19 measures, so very likely they were infected!!

    I reckon it is a good idea to install CCTV in every house in light of this raiding incidences by government agencies without the need of a warrant!!

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  • Safe Distance Ambass paid cpf?:

    Its seems like their jobs are simple and well paid for such simple jobs. Include cpf some more? Total cost to tax payers is?

    Who is the company boss recruiting them ? Per headcount how much does the recruiting co get paid with tax monies?

    If there is cpf, what is the total per day salary?

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  • Department of Truth Arbiter:

    The Arbiter of Truth is the issue.

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    Some years ago, some “authority” raided my rented-out flat, merely on complaints presumably by neighbours who complained to the condo management. It was rented to some eight then Indian foreign students of Temasek Polytechnic. Rental was way below market value. Told me they “were only students”, and I showed sympathy expected from a professional teacher-educator that I was. Pictures were taken, and my tenants were of course upset and afraid. I wasn’t alerted. After the event, “authority” wrote a legalistic letter to me threatening that I could have broken the law, and demanding documentary proofs of immigration status of tenants and lease. I complied, and then total silence followed up to now. No reply to explain, and, of course, no apology.

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  • Realistically:

    So what’s the point of your rants when I have said clearly and unambiguously that the justice system in SINKaPOOR is BROKEN…………my name is Bin Hee Heng.

    What are you ranters doing about this………..pretend you never read or know it………just like the proverbial monkey: see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil……………copied by the wayang-party MPs who incidentally reneged on their promise NOT to give the emperor without clothes “BLANK CHEQUES”; to be the “CHECK AND BALANACE” while the abuse of power as highlighted goes on and on and on………………because the justice system is BROKEN!

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