Parliament: Home Affairs Ministry budget to expand by more than 10%, largely to boost fight against

Source : The Straits Times



SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA) budget will increase by more than 10 per cent this year, with a large part of this increase to go into boosting Singapore's counter-terrorism capabilities, said Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam on Friday (March 2).

Revealing the spike during the debate on his ministry's budget, Mr Shanmugam cited the growing terrorist threat as a reason, warning that the extremist group ISIS remains and "in fact, will grow as fighters return to our region".

"MHA must do all we can to protect our people. It is our responsibility and accountability to deal with terrorist threats in the homeland," he added.

MHA's spending has increased over the years: It was $4.88 billion in 2015, $5.23 billion in 2016, $5.83 billion in 2017 and is estimated to rise by around 11 per cent to $6.48 billion this year.