Talk on "Mental Capacity Act" 24th August 2010

“In an AsiaOne News Article dated 4 March 2010, it was stated that about 20,000 Singaporeans suffer from dementia. These figures were announced by Minister of Health Khaw Boon Wan. He warns that Singapore will encounter more dementia cases as the population ages. By 2020, the number of dementia patients will more than double to about 45,000.

Singapore has taken another step towards tackling the challenges that come with an ageing population.
The Mental Capacity Act, which came into effect on 1st March 2010, allows all adult Singaporean individuals to voluntarily make advance plans for their financial and personal welfare while they still have the mental capacity by making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). The Act will also allow parents of intellectually disabled children to apply to court for the appointment of a deputy for the care and management of their children.

The speaker, Mr. Koh spent more than 2 decades in public service, serving as a magistrate, Assistant Registrar in the Supreme Court, District Judge and Registrar in the Sub0rdinate Courts. In his recent posting, he served as the deputy principal state counsel dealing with Commercial Affairs Division and white collar offences at the AG’s Chambers. He was lead counsel in the prosecution of the China Aviation Oil scandal. Since November 2009, he was seconded from the AG’s chambers to take on the role of the Public Guardian.

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