Revitalising the penal code with a general part

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Yeo, S 2004, 'Revitalising the penal code with a general part', Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, July, pp. 1-19.

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The Penal Code has served Singapore well for more than a century but it has become antiquated and is in need of major repair. A General Part is required to enable the criminal law to become precise, comprehensible, democratically-made and accessible - the hallmarks of a good Penal Code. The paper concludes by outlining a strategy for implementation and a call for the Government to fully support this much-needed exercise.