Parliament

Parliament to implement facial recognition system to track MP attendance

Members of Parliament (MPs) will soon be subject to an attendance tracking system based on facial recognition technology. An open tender for vendors of facial recognition technology interested in building or providing the attendance tracking system was published on the GEBiz website on Thu (7 Nov). The submission period will end on 2 Dec. According to tender documents, “attendance needs …

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PAP-dominated Parliament passed motion to call for WP’s Sylvia Lim, Low Thia Khiang to be recused from AHTC’s financial affairs

The motion calling for Aljunied-Hougang Town Council (AHTC) to require Workers’ Party (WP) leaders Sylvia Lim and Low Thia Khiang to “recuse” themselves from financial matters has been passed in Parliament on Tuesday (5 Nov). After a lengthy debate of more than four hours over the motion, 52 Members of Parliament stood in support of the motion and nine WP …

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Hiring of foreigners in positions prone to foreign influence must be viewed from “broader perspective”: Law and Home Affairs Minister

The nature of organisations and the Government’s own ability to identify any possible foreign influence should be looked into when assessing the risks of employing foreigners in positions prone to said influence, and must be viewed from a “broader perspective”, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in Parliament on Mon (4 Nov). Mr Shanmugam was responding to a …

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Parliamentary questions for 4 November 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 morning on Monday, 4 November 2019, for the 113th session of the 13th Parliament. *82 oral questions and 31 written question have been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 3 Government Bills will be introduced: Banking (Amendment) Bill – Prime Minister. Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill – Minister for Law. …

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Govt should increase legal protection of vulnerable groups and minorities, non-religious groups should be included in national interfaith discourse: Anthea Ong

The Government should increase legal protections to safeguard the psychological wellbeing vulnerable groups and minorities against religiously-motivated violence in Singapore, said Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong in Parliament on Mon (7 Oct) Speaking during the debate on the Maintenance of Religious Harmony (Amendment) Bill, Ong said more must be done to protect the mental wellbeing of vulnerable groups and …

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Govt “should re-evaluate” viewpoint on dissent and activism, youths must be given greater room to participate: Anthea Ong

The Government “should re-evaluate” its viewpoint on “advocacy, activism and dissent”, particularly concerning discourse among Singapore’s youths and their involvement in activism and advocacy, said Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Anthea Ong in Parliament on Mon (7 Oct). Following up on fellow NMP Walter Theseira’s comments during an adjournment motion titled “A Liberal Education and Corruption of the Youth of …

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Parliamentary questions for 7 October 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 10:30 morning on Monday, 7 October 2019, for the 112th session of the 13th Parliament. *70 oral questions and 53 written question have been scheduled to be asked. Two Government Bills will be read for the 2nd time: Income Tax (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 26/2019] – (Second Minister for Finance) – Second Reading. Maintenance …

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S’pore cannot compel GIC and Temasek to abstain from investing in haze-linked companies?

A Parliamentary question by Workers’ Party (WP)’s Member of Parliament Leon Perera regarding Singapore sovereign wealth funds GIC and Temasek Holdings’ possible investments in haze-linked companies was highlighted by the party’s unofficial support Facebook page One WP, One SG on Wed (18 Sep). Over three years ago, Perera asked Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat if the Government was involved in …

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