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Tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew (Speech by Mr Low Thia Khiang)

建国总理李光耀是在新加坡独立前后那个风起云涌,国际局势变幻莫测的大时代里所历练出来的杰出政治领袖。 新加坡这个小岛,在当时是个不起眼的小城市,经济上依赖转口贸易,军事上依赖英国军队的保护。当新加坡被逼脱离马来西亚时,我想没有多少人相信新加坡能够继续独立和生存下去,更难以想象新加坡会有今天的发展。 我们都知道,当时国内建设百废待兴,人民面对失业的浪潮,邻国又对我们不友善,要生存下去,我们必须放眼世界,争取外来的投资,并与国际市场接轨。可是,这又面对新加坡可能沦为大国的附庸国,成为大国在国际政治舞台上的一颗棋子,而被牺牲掉的风险。 这种高度的内忧外患对李光耀是个非比寻常的考验。如果没有李光耀过人的智慧和胆识,游走于大国之间,推销新加坡对他们的价值和所能提供的潜在利益,并且获得大国领导人的尊重;我们在经济上不会成功,我们在国际政治舞台上也不会有今天的地位和空间。一个小国,除了国防必须兵强器利,在国际政治上的空间是维护国家利益,确保国家生存的关键。 在国内,争取独立的运动和持续的政治斗争造成新加坡人高度政治觉醒,在参与政治运动和共同奋斗的过程中,人民和李光耀产生共识,酝酿了共生的关系,也铸造了共同的方向和互相的信任,这是新加坡能够在一代人从第三世界国家发展成为第一世界国家的关键所在;但其所依赖的,不只是李光耀超乎常人的干劲、精力和坚韧的毅力,还有他的诚意。 但是,我不认同行动党一党专政的政治格局是新加坡经济能够迅速发展,社会能够保持凝聚力,维持国家团结的关键。因为有不少新加坡人在建国和制定政策的权衡过程中被牺牲,我们的社会也付出了代价。这也造成了建国总理李光耀在一些民众的心里成为具有争论性的人物。 虽然他制定政策是根据当时的现实情况,以国家利益为出发点,做理性的判断... [Read more]

Condolence letter from Mr Low Thia Khiang to PM Lee on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew

Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of the Workers’ Party, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee was Singapore’s first Prime Minister, heading the Government for over three decades and thereafter serving another 21 years in the Cabinet as Senior Minister and Minister Mentor. He led Singapore with a group of like-minded individuals... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Clustering Preschools (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Sir, I had previously called for the government to go beyond anchor operators and bring more operators into schemes that provide better grants and access to new facilities, but in exchange for strict controls on fees charged. I am glad to see that AOP participation has since been widened and we will now have... [Read more]

Debate on Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 13 Mar 2015] Mr Deputy Speaker, as the Senior Minister of State had explained, the amendments to this Bill are to enable the government to acquire a specific stratum of underground space or air space to develop public projects, instead of having to acquire the entire column of land. It also elaborates on issues of temporary occupation... [Read more]

Debate on Community Disputes Resolution Bill – MP Lee Li Lian

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 13 Mar 2015] This Bill seeks to establish a tribunal to hear difficult cases of dispute between neighbours after efforts such as community mediation have been exhausted.  [i]The latest SHS (Sample Household Survey) which was conducted by HDB revealed a drop in residents’ satisfaction with their flat and their neighbourhood.  Respondents... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Childcare Fees (MP Pritam Singh)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 13 March 2015] Mdm Chair, in September last year, three out of the five major pre-school chains announced they would be increasing their prices from 2015, ranging from $4 to $62, citing soaring operating costs. This was after the median monthly fee for full-day childcare rose by $80 in 2013, reported to be the biggest... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Mental Capacity Act (MP Sylvia Lim)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 13 March 2015] The number of citizens with dementia is expected to grow from 28,000 in 2013 to 80,000 by 2030.[1] It is important to ensure that the interests of our aging population are protected. The Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) scheme is very useful, but I have some concerns. First, there is a real risk that elderly persons... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Social Services (MP Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] I would like to highlight two issues that I have raised several times before, the first being the need to enhance competitiveness of the social service sector by ensuring our social service professionals are paid a salary that is commensurate to the hard work that they do. The second is that more... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Social Safety Net (MP Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Considerable amount of funding are set aside to assist the vulnerable groups, and as such it is important to track the progress and effectiveness of the different assistance schemes. The publication of the tracked findings can enhance the fostering of a more inclusive growth in economic development... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOH – Mental Illness (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Madam, in December last year, the state coroner concluded that a woman was found to be in a “profoundly unsound” state of mind when she killed her elderly mother before jumping out of her flat to her own death. Her teenage daughter was in the flat at the time while this tragedy unfolded. The state coroner... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOH – Rehabilitation (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] The large number of patients who drop out of prescribed rehabilitation programmes after being discharged from hospitals has been an issue of concern. A study conducted between 2002 and 2005 found that 1 in 3 patients continued with supervised rehabilitation after being discharged. The problem seems to have... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MEWR – Biodegradable Plastic Bags (MP Pritam Singh)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Mdm Chair, a number of my residents who reside at the Jalan Tenaga cluster have asked me what more can be done to improve community efforts at environmental protection and recycling. Some have suggested greater governmental intervention to ensure that commonly available plastic bags that are not re-used such as... [Read more]

COS 2015 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 2015] Sir, I have repeatedly brought this up in COS since 2013. Currently, -       Single parents below the age of 35 and their child do not qualify as a family nucleus when applying for a new HDB flat or rental flat.  They are also not eligible for any housing subsidies. -       Single parent are not... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Adults with Special Needs (MP Png Eng Huat)

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Sir, The Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016 has identified many issues, goals, and visions to address the needs of persons with special needs and their caregivers as we strive towards making Singapore an inclusive society. One of the findings in the report addresses the need to fill the notable service gap after persons... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MSF – Student Care (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 12 March 2015] Sir, I am glad to hear of the plan for more school-based student care centres (SSCs) last week. Even as we increase the number of centres, a concern will be the availability of dedicated and trained staff. Since 2000, the ministry has made steady progress in attracting and training manpower for child care. In... [Read more]