Nominated Member of Parliament Kok Heng Leun on Wednesday 10 August 2016 submitted a Public Petition on the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill. The petition was signed by 249 Singaporeans. It is the first time in nine years that a Public Petition has been submitted to Parliament – the last petition was submitted by then-Nominated Member of Parliament Siew Kum Hong in 2007 seeking a repeal of S377A of the Penal Code.
The Don’t Kena Contempt campaign welcomes efforts to protect the judiciary, and agrees that the integrity of legal proceedings and the maintenance of public confidence are essential. In particular, we welcome the sections that set out prohibitions on interferences with parties, witnesses and advocates, as well as insults or interruptions to court proceedings.