Singapore’s Law Minister Says Law Officers Must Keep Abreast of Change

Singapore Law Minister K. Shanmugam speaking at the Fourth Annual Event of the Attorney General’s (AG) Chambers of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore has said that…

 Legal officers in the region must keep track of the fast- changing world and amend the legislation accordingly to maintain its relevance,

He said that with the effects of globalisation and the advent of science and technology, legal frontiers had expanded beyond the domestic territories and legal dealing was becoming more complex.

About 130 legal officers from the three countries are taking part in the annual event, which was last held in Brunei. The next event will be hosted by Malaysia’s AG’s chambers next year.

Present were Malaysia’s Solicitor-General, Datuk Idrus Harun, Brunei AG Datuk Seri Paduka Haji Kifrawi bin Datuk Paduka Haji Kifli and Singapore’s AG Prof Walter Woon.

Shanmugam said legal officers had to undertake to keep abreast of these changes as the governments needed to anticipate and keep pace with societal changes.

He also said public prosecutors also could not escape the changes in the fast-paced world either because the methodologies of criminals were constantly evolving as technology advanced.

"Public prosecutors must keep at least one step ahead of the criminals to maintain their effectiveness in discharging their duties,"
said Shanmugam.

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