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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]

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]