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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]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] The Rise of Remote Gambling Madam Speaker, online gambling is increasingly becoming a problem, both globally and in Singapore. In 2013, a news article reported an online survey by the Ministry of Home Affairs which found that 3 in 10 out of 1,000 respondents had gambled online or through the mobile phone. The article estimated... [Read more]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Introduction This Bill comes four years after the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee released a report on online gaming in Singapore in July 2010. The Law Reform paper noted that Singapore had begun to host gaming and gambling events with more frequency referring to the Betfair Asian Poker Tour, and through... [Read more]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Madam Speaker. The internet age has certainly change the way we live, work, and play in every sense. It has brought on a new world into our homes and our daily lives everywhere we go. It has moved our work online. It has moved our friends online. It has even moved our addictions online. When problem gambling goes online, every... [Read more]

Debate on ASPIRE Report – MP Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Parliament on 9 September 2014] I share the view of the Committee that education is very important to Singaporeans, who see it as a key to unlocking the opportunities in life and securing a good future. Over the past weeks and months, a case had been made that applied education can be as viable a pathway as a university education.... [Read more]

Debate on ASPIRE Report – MP Sylvia Lim

ASPIRE – A difficult but worthy vision towards greater egalitarianism By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 9 September 2014] Reading the ASPIRE report, I was reminded of an anecdote told by a professor of sociology at NUS (National University of Singapore) many years ago.  He was reflecting on how Singapore society over-valued paper qualifications.  He noted that society... [Read more]

Debate on ASPIRE Report – MP Lee Li Lian

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 9 September 2014] Madam Speaker, The recommendations made by the ASPIRE committee represent a welcome shift in how we approach education and how we enable Singaporean students to succeed as they choose different educational paths. This shift is important as we recognize the growing diversity of Singaporeans and their interests, as... [Read more]

Debate on Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 8 September 2014] Madam Speaker, Thank you for allowing me to speak on this Bill, which I support. Nonetheless, I seek clarifications from the Minister on Clause 14. Clause 14 of the Bill reenacts Section 65B to cover all hand-held devices which are designed or capable of being used for a communicative function. This extends the offence... [Read more]

Debate on Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 8 September 2014] Madam Speaker, There were 6,426 fatal and injury accidents on our roads last year.[1] While this is down from a high of 8,625 in 2010, every serious accident is one too many, because they each impact the lives of not just the victims but their families as well. Statistically speaking, our daily commute on the roads is... [Read more]

The Workers’ Party National Day Video 2014

As we search for our place in the world, the Singapore Identity continues to evolve and take root. This National Day, the Workers’ Party would like everyone to find that unique value in us, that binding quality which makes us Singaporeans. —- This video is made possible by the following people. We would like to thank them for their contributions: Alexius Cai Annabelle Goh Ashleigh Cai Bernard... [Read more]

Office Bearers of the Workers’ Party for the Term of 2014 to 2016

The Workers’ Party (WP) held its first Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting on 5 August 2014 following the election of the CEC on 27 July 2014. The office bearers of the Workers’ Party elected for the term of 2014 to 2016 are as follows: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Vice-Chairman: Mr Mohammed Rahizan bin Yaacob Secretary-General: Mr Low Thia Khiang Organising Secretaries: Ms Lee Li Lian,... [Read more]

Debate on Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 5 August 2014] Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the Bill. Since 1991, Singapore has endured recurring haze episodes resulting from land and forest fires in Indonesia, with last year’s being the worst ever. While I appreciate the efforts of our officials over the many years in trying to find workable solutions with our ASEAN neighbours... [Read more]

Debate on Family Justice Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 4 August 2014] This Bill builds upon the specialization of the existing Family Courts set up in 1995, to pull together more family-related matters, such as youth at risk and probate cases, to be handled by the new Family Justice Courts. An important aspect of the new Family Justice Courts is that their approach should be different from... [Read more]

Workers’ Party CEC Election 2014

The Workers’ Party held its Conference of Organisers on 27 July 2014 at the Party Headquarters on Syed Alwi Road. The Organising Members elected the following as Party Chairman and Secretary-General: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian (林瑞莲), 49 Secretary-General: Mr Low Thia Khiang (刘程强), 57 The following 12 members were elected to the Central Executive Council (CEC): Mr Chen Show... [Read more]

Out-of-Pocket Payments and Inclusion of Pensioners (Debate on MediShield Life Committee Report) – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 9 Jul 2014] According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the goal of universal health coverage is to ensure all people have access to health services they need without the risk of facing financial hardship when doing so. Madam, I welcome the proposed MediShield Life to address the fundamental issue of providing basic universal health... [Read more]