Parliament

SCDF should carry out retrofitting works in HDB flats, use data visualisation to map areas with many ageing residents: WP MP Daniel Goh, on the Fire Safety (Amendment) Bill

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) should equip all HDB households with smoke detectors and the Home Fire Alarm Device (HFAD), and utilise new technologies such as data visualisation to map areas where there are large concentrations of elderly residents in a bid to buttress fire safety, said Non-constituency Member of Parliament and Workers’ Party member Daniel Goh. Speaking in …

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WP Png asks for number of foreign student defaulters but scholar Ong replies with percentage

On Monday (5 Aug), Workers’ Party MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat asked a question in Parliament concerning foreign students who have defaulted on their tuition grant bond obligation. Almost all foreign students who studied in Singapore’s local universities and polytechnics have applied for tuition fee subsidy (tuition grant) which is meant for Singaporean students. According to information on …

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Valuation of unlisted assets considered in reviewing GIC and Temasek portfolio risks: Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong

The government takes into account the valuation of unlisted assets in GIC and Temasek such as private equity, infrastructure, and real estate when reviewing the overall risks of its whole portfolio of assets, said Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong on Tue (6 Aug). Responding to a Parliamentary question from Workers’ Party (WP) Member of Parliament (MP) …

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Minister Masagos Zulkifli says Singapore needs to continue building its recycling capabilities, but is the Government actually doing much about it?

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli revealed on Tuesday (6 August) that around 30% of Singapore’s recyclable waste was exported overseas last year, and the remaining 60% are processed locally. “In 2018, about 30% of recyclable material, such as paper, plastics, glass and metal, was exported to countries including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, and …

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No plans to lower voting age to 18, says Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing — in spite of developments across the Causeway

The Government is not looking to lower the voting age to 18, as the current age of majority remains the appropriate age for Singaporeans to make decisions and engage in “activities that involve significant personal responsibility”, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Responding to a question submitted by Member of Parliament (MP) Lim Wee Kiak on whether the …

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Fire safety for the elderly and other vulnerable people: Foreign domestic workers, entire communities should receive training, says NMP Anthea Ong

Foreign domestic workers (FDW) should be trained in fire safety and evacuation procedures, as they are often responsible for being caregivers of the elderly and other vulnerable people, in addition to being highly at risk themselves, said Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong. Speaking in Parliament on Mon (5 Aug) during a debate on the Fire Safety (Amendment) Bill, Ms …

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Parliamentary questions for 6 August 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 6 August 2019, for the 108th session of the 13th Parliament. *28 oral questions and 11 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, a Government Bill will be introduced: CareShield Life and Long-Term Care Bill – (Minister for Health) – (President’s recommendation signified). …

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Parliamentary questions for 5 August 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 noon on Monday, 5 August 2019, for the 107th session of the 13th Parliament. *80 oral questions and 29 written questions had been scheduled to be asked. There will be a ministrial statement from Senior Minister of State for Transport (on behalf of the Minister for Transport): Personal Mobility Devices. At the commencement …

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POFMA was rushed through Parliament in May but subsidiary legislation has yet to be detailed before August Parliamentary sitting

Since June 25, the controversial Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) has been in effect in Singapore, having been passed in Parliament with 72 votes in support. There were also 9 votes against and 3 abstentions. The Act was introduced in April 2019 to the displeasure of experts and critics who assert that the provisions provide powers that …

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MOE spends at least S$340 million each year on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in tertiary institutions

The Ministry of Education (MOM) announced that it spent about S$130 million annually on scholarships for international students studying in local schools and autonomous universities in the last five years. This was revealed by the Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in a Parliamentary written answer on Monday (July 8), after Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera raised this question. “The …

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