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PAP government seeks legal avenue against Sylvia Lim after failing to apologise in ‘Test Balloons’ saga

The Straits Times (ST) reported today (11 Mar) that the government had proceeded to seek legal advice from the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to see if Workers’ Party Sylvia Lim did breach parliamentary privilege in the recent “test balloons” debates in Parliament. After the close of Parliamentary debates on Thursday (8 Mar), Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah renewed …

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Indranee: Sylvia Lim’s conduct not honourable

On Thursday (8 Mar), WP Chairman Sylvia Lim explained in Parliament why she is not apologising for her earlier allegation that the PAP government had floated a “test balloon” about raising GST. She said, “I believe I was doing my duty as an MP to convey ground concerns, reactions and confusion.” “I did not accuse the Government of being untruthful …

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Minister Lim: “Our door remains open to foreign professionals” – 50K EPs issued per year

At a dialogue organised by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) yesterday (9 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say assured the 700 company officials attending the event that companies will have some leeway to bring in foreign professionals if they meet specified conditions. These foreign PMETs should have skills that are in demand and are “lacking” locally. Companies must also …

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MOH takes 13 years to discover zero co-payment policies encourage “buffet syndrome”

On Wed (7 Mar), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament that co-payment in healthcare plays an important role in ensuring that the healthcare system is sustainable. However, he noted that some private insurance policies had offered zero co-payment coverage. He said that this encourages a “buffet syndrome” in patients. “They are called full riders,” Gan explained. “Such riders encourage …

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New PAP MP Cheng Li Hui criticises PTC for lowering transport fares

Yesterday (7 March), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament that the fare formula for public transport is being reviewed in view of the upcoming infrastructure upgrades. He said that while Singapore’s transport fares are currently “affordable”, the Government also needs to ensure the sustainability of the transport network. “We must be careful that (fares) are not priced too …

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Number of “Self-employed” locals increased by 20,000

In Parliament on Monday (5 Mar), while talking about giving more support to freelancers in Singapore, Second Manpower Minister Josephine Teo revealed that the number of “self-employed” people in Singapore has, in fact, risen by some 10%. She revealed that based on the Government’s latest survey, the number of residents “self-employed” for at least six months last year rose to …

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MOM tightens Jobs Bank advertising requirements while companies flout rules

In Parliament on Monday (5 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say announced expanding the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to give Singaporeans fair access to more high-quality jobs. “We will expand the requirement to advertise jobs on the national Jobs Bank before EP (employment pass) application to cover more employers,” he said. From Jul 1, companies with 10 or more employees …

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