Daily Archives: 2019-02-27

2019 Budget does not address cost of living concerns at all

by Kok Ming Cheang The Straits Times (ST) published an article last Wednesday (20 February) titled “Budget addresses cost of living concerns, says Heng Swee Keat.” This statement by Finance Minister and PM-Designate Mr Hen Swee Keat cannot be further from the truth. In the “Ask The Finance Minister programm” televised over Channel Newsasia (CNA), Mr Heng fielded questions from …

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Criticising the PAP is now “undermining national unity”?

by Khush Chopra In Parliament yesterday (26 Feb 2019), Member of Parliament and Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh brought the Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) and its timing into sharp focus on day one of the Budget debate yesterday. Pritam Singh rightfully questioned the timing of the MGP. He questioned the government during the Budget debate about the “the ground feel” …

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Netizens support MP Pritam Singh for questioning the “timeliness” of the Merdeka Generation Package

In the Parliament session on Tuesday (26 February), Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh felt that although the Merdeka Generation Package’s “ground feel” is to help senior citizens with their medical bills, but it seems less generous than the Pioneer Generation Package. “There are also quarters who conclude that it is pungently timed with the election cycle, giving off the …

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Did the Standing Committee on Disbarment take action against ST Marine following corruption convictions?

According to the Standing Committee on Disbarment (SCOD), chaired by the Deputy Secretary of Finance (or his deputy), corruption offences are investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigations Bureau (CPIB) and where appropriate, the CPIB will recommend for debarment of companies that have been convicted by the Court of corruption. The SCOD comprises of deputy secretaries from various ministries, Attorney General/deputy AG …

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New politician on the block gets swarmed by IBs on CPF post

Brad Bowyer, a member of the People’s Voice Party took his Facebook account on Tuesday (26 February) to question why Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) is giving lesser returns to retirees compared to other countries whose funds are much smaller than Singapore’s. He revealed that the size of Singapore’s CPF fund as of Q3 was S$383.9 billion, which is equivalent …

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Singaporean parents are not using child car seats, despite owning them

According to the Singapore Medical Journal, securing children in appropriate child car seats can reduce the risk of serious traffic accidents by 8.4 times. Despite the obvious high risk, many parents in the city-state are not are not using them, although they own it. A recent survey with 513 parents by four undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) found out …

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Parliamentary questions for 26 February 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 26 February 2019, for the 93rd session of the 13th Parliament. *5 oral questions and 2 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, there will be introduction of Government Bills: Supply Bill – Minister for Finance (President’s recommendation signified). Supplementary Supply (FY 2018) Bill …

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