Rubaashini Shunmuganathan

NMP Anthea Ong calls for an end to mechanical restraints, encourages more preemptive support programmes for troubled families and increase kinship care in foster system

On Tuesday (3 September), Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee presented the Children and Young Persons (Amendment) Bill for debate. The proposed changes in the Act, which was last amended in 2011, include increasing the age limit to protect children below 18, instead of the current age of 16. This means authorities are given the rights to intervene …

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Workers’ Party MPs and candidates walk the ground and unfazed by the sudden announcement of EBRC

Members of the Workers’ Party (WP) and candidates have been walking the ground and meeting residents in their constituency during house visits. Despite the sudden announcement of the formation of the Electoral Boundary Review Committee (EBRC) yesterday (4 September) by the Elections Department, these individuals seem unfazed by the news and continued meeting regular Singaporeans to speak with them. As …

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Netizens praise and thank Chiam See Tong and his wife for their years of contribution in politics after they hinted leadership renewal in SPP

On Wednesday morning, the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) announced that it would be conducting its next Ordinary Party Conference on 16 October 2019 where it would be electing a new Central Executive Committee (CEC). Currently, the Secretary-General of the party is veteran opposition politician Chiam See Tong and his wife, Lina Chiam, is the Chairman of the party. In the …

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NMP Anthea Ong raises concerns over the CareShield Life Bill: mental health, non-severe disabilities, people with disabilities under 30, and gender discrimination

The CareShield Life Bill was passed in Parliament on Monday (2 September) after its second reading. The Bill makes it compulsory for Singaporean born in 1980 or after to pay CareShield Life insurance starting 2020. However, for those born in 1979 or earlier, the premium is optional. Future cohorts will join when they turn 30. CareShield Life is an insurance …

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Use of PMD at HDB void decks and common corridors prohibited in 15 towns; S$5,000 fine to be imposed on offenders starting 1 November

On 5 August, Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min said in Parliament that 15 town councils under the People’s Action Party (PAP) will ban individuals from riding personal mobility devices (PMDs) at void decks and common corridors. Now the ban has finally kicked in. From 1 September (Sunday), riders are no longer allowed to ride their PMDs, …

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MP Indranee Rajah: The upcoming PSLE scoring system will produce similar outcomes for pupils exempted from taking mother tongue languages

Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah said on Monday (2 September) that students who are exempted from taking mother tongue languages (MTLs) in the new Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system will generate similar outcomes as the current T-score system when it comes to secondary school choices and admission. Mentioning this in Parliament, the Minister said that those who …

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Is People’s Association still staying true to its objectives?

The People’s Association (PA) was first formed in 1960 as a statutory board to act as a bridge between the Government and the people, as well as to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore. The grassroots leaders (GRLs) are volunteers appointed by the PA to serve in different grassroots organisations (GROs) where they gather feedback from residents, help …

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