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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]

Keeping Healthcare Costs Manageable (Debate on MediShield Life Committee Report) – MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Parliament on 9 Jul 2014] Mdm Speaker, I am heartened to note that the Medishield Life Review Committee (MLRC) has taken positive steps in moving Singapore towards a more inclusive and caring society. I welcome the move to bring onboard the uninsured, including those with pre-existing conditions under the Medishield Life scheme.... [Read more]

Keeping Healthcare Costs Manageable (Debate on MediShield Life Committee Report) – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 8 Jul 2014] Mr Deputy Speaker, I welcome the move to improve protection against large hospital bills and against expensive chronic treatments, as well as to cover those with preexisting conditions. My colleagues have touched on and will be touching on various aspects of MediShield life. I wish to speak today about keeping healthcare... [Read more]

Integrated Shield Plans (Debate on MediShield Life Committee Report) – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 8 July 2014] Madam Speaker, Anxiety about healthcare affordability weighs heavily on the minds of Singaporeans – not only the elderly, but also their adult children and those who will become old and face the risk of falling seriously ill. It is therefore important for us to work together as a nation to find solutions to the challenging... [Read more]

Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Amendment Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 7 July 2014] As crimes increasingly cross borders and the proceeds of crime are easily anonymised, it is important that we continue to address weaknesses that may make Singapore an unwitting facilitator of organized and transnational crime. To this end, the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been prolific in its issuance of guidelines... [Read more]

WP’s statement on MediShield Life Review Committee’s recommendations

The Workers’ Party welcomes the MediShield Life Review Committee’s recommendations on MediShield Life. Many of the recommended enhancements to the MediShield health insurance scheme have been articulated by Workers’ Party MPs in Parliament as well as by many Singaporeans over the years. These include adjusting co-payments and claim limits to ease the cost of healthcare for Singaporeans, and... [Read more]

MP Chen Show Mao’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Chen Show Mao [Delivered in Parliament on 30 May 2014] Mdm, Earlier in this debate, Minister Gan Kim Yong announced that a national conversation will be entered into over the next few months to draw up a national action plan for successful ageing. Issues in lifelong learning, employment, volunteerism, urban infrastructure, health care, retirement adequacy and research into... [Read more]

MP Lee Li Lian’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 29 May 2014] Introduction Madam Speaker, as a nation, Singapore has come a long way in 50 years and achieved much that we should be proud of. As we have evolved, so have the challenges our society faces and it is time to reflect on how we can do better for our people. Amongst the pledges outlined by the President, one that resonated... [Read more]

MP Png Eng Huat’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 29 May 2014] Madam Speaker, every working class generation has a dream to look forward to and that is to be able to stop and smell the roses one day and retire. For our pioneer generation workers, the anxiety of not knowing what is to come after retirement was somewhat moderated by the anticipation and excitement of being able to finally... [Read more]

MP Pritam Singh’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 28 May 2014] Introduction This motion of thanks on the President’s address takes place amidst worrying developments in our neighbourhood. At the recent ASEAN Summit in Myanmar, ASEAN Foreign Ministers issued a statement on 10 May 2014 expressing “their serious concerns over the on-going developments in the South China Sea, which increased... [Read more]

Towards a Safe, Fair and Just Society – MP Sylvia Lim’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 28 May 2014] The government has always prioritized creating economic growth, and nobody seriously disputes that growth is one of the ingredients for social progress. However, the surge in the population since 2005 has had its repercussions on our quality of life. Singaporeans were waiting longer to board public transport with less comfortable... [Read more]

NCMP Yee Jenn Jong’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 27 May 2014] Education and Social Mobility Yee Jenn Jong, NCMP 27 May 2014 Madam Speaker, I will be speaking on education and social mobility. I wish to declare that I own businesses that provide services and products to schools. Education is a key factor for social mobility. It is often presumed that access to education will ‘level... [Read more]

NCMP Gerald Giam’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 27 May 2014] Madam Speaker, I would like to focus on three areas in my response to the President’s address: Managing risks, incentivising hard work and constructive politics. Managing risks First, on managing risks. We face numerous risks in the course of our lives, or what the President called “the vicissitudes of life”.... [Read more]

MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap’s speech (Debate on President’s Address 2014)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Parliament on 26 May 2014] Integrated Social Services Madam Speaker, speaking as someone who worked in the social service sector, I am glad for the changes that are taking place today. It is good that the government is seeking to create a social service network to put 95 per cent of where needy residents live or work within 2km... [Read more]