Parliament debates changes to Misuse of Drugs Bill

Parliament on Monday debated  amendments to the  Misuse of Drugs Bill, which gives courts more discretion in meting out the death penalty for drug offenders. 

Under the amendments, judges can deal a life sentence in place of the death penalty under specific conditions. 

This is when a drug offender has been proven to be merely a courier, and the person has been certified to have substantively assisted authorities in disrupting drug trafficking activities within or outside Singapore. 

The courier can also be spared the death sentence in view of mental disability. 

Amendments will also see the introduction of 'hair analysis' to detect drug consumption. 

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said that stringent anti-drug laws have brought a secure environment to Singapore.