04 August 2014

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Move-on Orders by Police under the Public Order Act

Question: 

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many move-on orders have been issued by the police under the Public Order Act since it came into force; and (b) for what purposes or under what circumstances are the orders issued.

Written reply by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs:

Since the Public Order Act was enacted in 2009, 20 move-on orders have been issued by the Police. These move-on orders were issued to stop unauthorised assemblies and activities in public places that could cause alarm or disorder. By issuing the move-on orders, Police was able to discontinue the illegal actions and disperse those involved without the need to effect their arrest.