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COS 2015 Debate: MTI – Encouraging Internationalisation (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Mr Chairman, we need to grow our promising local firms into globally competitive companies, but with their roots in Singapore. The new programmes such as IGS (International Growth Scheme) and the Double Tax Deduction for Internationalisation are a welcome step in the right direction. These schemes can benefit companies... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MTI – Global Singapore Corporate Champions (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Mr Chairman, we have recognised the limitations of relying on Multi-Nationals to drive our economy. SMEs account for 70% of employment but contribute a much smaller percentage of GDP. I like to call for a whole-of-government approach to nurturing Singapore’s global corporate champions; just had we had done so... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MINDEF – Fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) (MP Pritam Singh)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] In November last year, Minister announced that MINDEF would be joining 33 other countries in the US-led coalition by contributing a KC-135 aerial refueling tanker and an imagery analysis team to the war effort. Minister clarified earlier this year that SAF has sent a needs assessment and survey team and a liaison... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MINDEF – Defence Expenditure and Savings (MP Pritam Singh)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] The Minister of Defence has previously stated in parliament that in the coming years, the rise in MINDEF’s defence expenditure would largely correspond with the rise in inflation. This year however, MINDEF’s budget for FY15/16 is 5.7% higher than the year before. I understand certain defence purchases require... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Sports Co-curricular Activities (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, several Members including myself have spoken previously about a greater level of sports engagement for our pupils and to increase the number of sports on offer by schools. Active participation in sports from young can hopefully help students develop a culture of active sports in the future. I wish to suggest... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Mother Tongue Exemptions (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, I agree with bilingualism being a cornerstone of our education system. All students in our primary and secondary schools now have to offer a Mother Tongue Language (MTL). In a recent parliament reply, MOE had said that around 3.5% of students are exempted from MTL at the PSLE yearly. I accept that there... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Gifted Education (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, Gifted Education Programme (GEP) was started 31 years ago. Each year, about 1% of the cohort are picked for GEP through a series of national tests for abilities in English, Math and Science at the end of primary 3. I had previously asked MOE to review centralised GEP and in its place, provide support for... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Integrated Schools (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, this is the fourth year that I am speaking on the topic of through-train schools from primary through secondary. If I seem persistent, it is because I truly believe that in a suitably diverse education landscape, Singaporeans should have access to such a publicly-funded education option. Such through-train... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Internships (NCMP Yee Jenn Jong)

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, internships will play an increasingly important role as we move to a more skills-based economy. I had spoken on this topic before. While I am happy that there will be more internships and are told that it will be more structured, I remain concerned about how industries will be engaged to ensure that internships... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Student Care (MP Lee Li Lian)

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, it is a known fact that the strong demand for childcare will inevitable be the same for student care in time to come. I’ve spoken about this in last year’s Presidential Debate.  New estates like Sengkang and Punggol houses younger families therefore School-based student care centres (SCC) are well... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MINDEF – Military Diplomacy (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] Madam, despite long-running talks about implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea and even an agreement over a Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES), there remains no binding arrangement to manage and reduce friction in East Asia’s maritime domain. In fact, there... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MINDEF – SAF Volunteer Corps (MP Low Thia Khiang)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Low Thia Khiang [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] Madam, the application for SAF Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) opened on 13 October 2014. I would like to ask the Minister for an update on the number of applications received and accepted so far, and the estimated expenditure for the SAFVC in its first year of operation. I would also like to know whether deploying volunteers... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MOE – Tuition Culture (MP Png Eng Huat)

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 6 March 2015] Madam, The Senior Minister of State for Education had said in this chamber that “our education system is run on the basis that tuition is not necessary.”  I believe many parents would like to think so but the stark reality on the ground tells a very different story. An opinion piece in the Straits Times on... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MINDEF – Fair and Equal Deployment (MP Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] During last year’s COS debates, I had requested for the expeditious resolution of the issue of the loyalty of Singaporean Malays. The request was made based on the Suara Musyawarah report. I would like to highlight one of the practices that may have inadvertently given rise to the unhealthy perceptions... [Read more]

COS 2015 Debate: MHA – Checkpoint Security (MP Sylvia Lim)

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Committee of Supply on 5 March 2015] Many Singaporeans use the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas frequently, whether to go for short leisure trips or to buy cheaper pharmaceutical drugs.  At Woodlands checkpoint in particular, the government has indicated that 300,000 persons and 130,000 vehicles pass through each day.  It is a very challenging... [Read more]