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Protection from Harassment Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 13 March 2014] Madam Speaker, In the middle of 2013, the Government introduced a new licensing regime that sought to align online media platforms with the regime that governed mainstream media licensing. In the second half of 2013, there was a concern that the Government was going to draw up laws to address online accountability, a prospect... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – Childcare/Infant Care subsidy (MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 13 March 2014] Singapore Day 2014 will be held in London later this month. Created by Singaporeans for Singaporeans, Singapore Day is organised by the Overseas Singapore Unit (OSU) to bring overseas Singaporeans together, and celebrate the Singapore spirit. Inaugurated in 2007, Singapore Day is certainly an... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – The Homeless (MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 13 March 2014] In January this year, I asked the Minister for information on the number of homeless families that are camping by the beaches and the assistance rendered to them. In his reply, Minister mentioned that in the period between 2011 and 2013, support and shelter were provided to 565 individuals and... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – Special Needs (MP Png Eng Huat)

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] The cost of raising a child with cerebral palsy from infancy to adulthood is very high. When such a child grows in size and weight, caring for one who is totally dependent on a caregiver to do the basic activities of daily living is a huge challenge and a full-time job. These caregiver parents have to prepare... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Home based care (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Mdm Chair, Like other developed countries, Singapore faces the challenge of achieving a good healthcare system while controlling escalating healthcare costs. Home based care is an integral part of right siting of care. Currently, a mix of private and voluntary welfare organizations provide various forms of home... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Escalating healthcare cost (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Mdm Chair, Advances in medical science and technology and an expanding and ageing population contributed to the increase in overall healthcare cost. To mitigate increasing cost, healthcare system should not focus on specialist-centric and resource draining hospital care, instead it should focus on preventive... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – The Bed Crunch (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] MOH-The Bed Crunch (3 mins) Mdm Chair, “Hospitals facing severe bed crunch take unusual steps” made the front page of the Straits Times at the beginning of this year. This hospital bed crunch, together with the public transport “crush” and the riot in Little India, is a stark example of third world... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Caregivers (MP Lee Li Lian)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] One group of Singaporeans that are often left out of our Budget are caregivers. Caregivers include stay-at-home mothers, grandparents who are primary caretakers of their grandchildren, as well as individuals caring for dependent parents or relatives. Being a care-giver is a full-time job that not just has physical... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Use of Medisave (MP Lee Li Lian)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Medisave currently allows withdrawals for the following outpatient cancer treatments – radiotherapy, outpatient radiosurgery treatment and outpatient chemotherapy. However, it is unclear if Medisave can be used for newer cancer therapies that do not fall under these categories. With advances in medical... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Long Term Care (MP Lee Li Lian)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014]‘ MOH – Long Term Care (2 mins) Both the Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) and Eldershield were launched in 2002. Singapore citizens and Permanent residents with Medisave are automatically covered by Eldershield at the age of 40. IDAPE is a means-tested government assistance... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – Single Parents (MP Lee Li Lian)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Madam, l welcome the changes made last year to include single parents for both infant care and child care leave. In last year’s COS, I called for the same maternity leave to be extended to single parents.  Currently, a married woman is entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave while an unwed mother... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – Student Care Centres (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Sir, we have seen a huge rise in the demand for child care. Of late, the government has put a lot of resources in this area. However, I do not see the same being done for student care. The same young working parents that use childcare services will need student care for their children, at least for the first few... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MSF – Kindergarten Financial Assistance Scheme (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Sir, I refer the Minister to the KiFAS portion of my Budget speech. I am puzzled that after review, KiFAS can only be used on kindergartens operated by MOE and Anchor Operators. Those that qualify for KiFAS form less than half of the some 500 kindergartens here. More than 95% of qualifying centres belongs to just... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Health Screening (NCMP Gerald Giam)

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Age-appropriate preventive health screenings have been recognised as a cost-effective way to identify health problems before they develop further and end up being more costly to treat. However, many are reluctant to undergo health screenings because of the inconvenience, cost or fear that it will reveal health problems,... [Read more]

COS 2014 Debate: MOH – Health Screening (MP Chen Show Mao)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Chen Show Mao [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2014] Participation in regular health screening for common chronic illnesses as we age is one way to enable early detection and early intervention and help keep the individual healthy, as well as keep the long-term healthcare costs to society low. In Singapore, we have the Integrated Screening Program (ISP), which invites... [Read more]