Towards the Acceptance of Proportionality in Singapore Constitutional and Administrative Law

Social organization in modern democracies is premised on a paradoxical relation. Power is bestowed upon the government, only to be ultimately exercised over its source – the people. A corollary of the systemic design is thus that power is to be exercised within stipulated limits, with the judiciary positioned to safeguard peoples’ rights. To this end, proportionality has emerged as a doctrine to guide judicial decisions over the appropriateness of legislation and governmental action.