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Debate on Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By NCMP Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 30 Jan 2015]   Madam Speaker, I echo the position presented by my Party’s colleague Mr Pritam Singh.   While I welcome additional measures to better manage unwanted and rowdy behaviour caused by drunkenness especially in residential areas, I am concerned if some parts of the Bill are too far-reaching.   The Bill makes it an offence to consume... [Read more]

Debate on Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 30 Jan 2015] As mentioned by my party colleagues before me, the Workers’ Party agrees that there is a need to strengthen liquor controls and, in particular, the consumption of alcohol in public. While we support the Bill, we believe the Bill may cover too much and ask for particular areas to be relooked. For my speech, I will touch on... [Read more]

Debate on Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 30 Jan 2015] Understanding the connection between liquor-related disamenity and law and order problems Madam Speaker, the Workers’ Party supports the principle of the Bill to empower the government to regulate the supply and consumption of liquor at public places. Nonetheless, there has been a considerable public anxiety about the extent... [Read more]

Debate on MediShield Life Scheme Bill – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 29 Jan 2015] Madam, the proposed MediShield Life will address the fundamental issue of providing basic universal health insurance for all Singaporeans. The transit from Medishield to Medishield Life may be a non-event for many Singaporeans due to transitional subsidies but for 2 groups of Singaporeans, those with pre-existing conditions... [Read more]

Debate on MediShield Life Scheme Bill – MP Lee Li Lian

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 29 Jan 2015] This Bill sets out the legislative framework and powers for the implementation and administration of the MediShield Life Scheme. I support this bill but I have several clarifications and concerns which I will elaborate as I move on. Penalty for late payment of premiums According to clause 11, interests may be imposed from... [Read more]

Debate on MediShield Life Scheme Bill – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 29 Jan 2015] This Bill gives effect to the MediShield Life Scheme, which was debated in this House in July 2014. It spells out the framework for the disclosure of an individual’s confidential health and financial information, recovering outstanding premiums, and the offences and penalties for false declarations and claims. I have several... [Read more]

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]