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Debate on Foreign Employee Dormitory Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 20 Jan 2015] Introduction Mdm Speaker, in between the fist and second reading of this Bill – a period of two and a half months – two stories about foreign worker accommodation in particular, caught the public eye. Both stories unwittingly put the importance of this Bill and the scope of the work ahead to better manage and... [Read more]

Debate on Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill – MP Lee Li Lian

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 19 Jan 2015] According to Singapore Workforce 2014 by MOM, the number of resident PMEs has increased by an average of 4.0% p.a. over the past 10 years.[i]  Today, PMEs comprise about 31% of the workforce and this number is expected to continue to grow.[ii]  With the growing proportion of PMEs in the workforce, amendments made to... [Read more]

Debate on Pawnbrokers Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 19 Jan 2015] This Bill seeks to update the Pawnbrokers Act which was last amended in 1993. Amongst others, it removes the existing auction system, requires pawnbrokers to provide an indicative valuation of a pledge to a pawner at the point of pawning and at the end of the redemption period, and raises the minimum paid-up capital of pawnbrokers... [Read more]

Debate on Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] I declare my interest as a Singapore lawyer holding a practising certificate. The Bill makes rather drastic changes in the way the legal profession is organized and regulated.  While I am in general support of the Bill, I would like to seek clarifications on two areas. First, I understand that the Law Society had in April... [Read more]

Debate on the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] I will focus my speech on the amendments relating to the Supreme Court. These amendments appear innocuous, but in fact seriously impact some fundamental aspects of judicial power and judicial independence in Singapore. Our Westminster system of governance separates state power into three functional and sovereign domains –... [Read more]

Debate on Judges Renumeration (Amendment) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] Thank you Mr Deputy Speaker, I have one clarification on the Bill. With regard to the newly enacted clause 4(5), it states that no Judge has an absolute right to any gratuity upon retirement. This ostensibly means that the Government can determine which judge should or should not receive a gratuity. I understand Section... [Read more]

Debate on Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] Workers’ Party opposes the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill  Madam Speaker, the Workers’ Party opposes the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill. The Workers’ Party is uncomfortable about the appointment of short-term Senior Judges who can be re-appointed after... [Read more]

Debate on Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Nov 2014] Mr Deputy Speaker, Human trafficking is a gross human rights violation and a moral atrocity. According to International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are at least 2.4 million trafficked persons around the world at any given time, with 56% of these in the Asia-Pacific region.[1] Yet there are only a few thousand... [Read more]

Debate on Income Tax (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Nov 2014] Madam Speaker, I wish to declare that I own and operate businesses which are subjected to the corporate components of the Income Tax Bill. This Bill covers a large number of changes. I will focus on some aspects related to the Productivity and Improvement Credits (PIC) Scheme and also to propose an item for the government... [Read more]

Debate on Education Endowment and Savings Schemes (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Extending learning programmes to those outside of mainstream schools Madam Speaker, I wish to declare that I run businesses that offer education services to students. This bill will ensure that all Singaporean citizens aged seven to 16 who are not enrolled in mainstream schools will now also receive the $200-$240 yearly Edusave... [Read more]