Parliament would not have made provisions for Merdeka Generation Package if this was an “election Budget”: Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin, on criticisms against Budget 2019

In light of calls for the Government to devise “more universal and permanent schemes” for Singaporeans instead of what some have dubbed as temporary schemes tailored to lure in voters before every General Election, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin said that contrary to such opinions, the Government already has a history of implementing such long-term schemes in the past. In …

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Baey Yam Keng: Designated priority cabins for vulnerable commuters

The Government will pilot designated priority cabins for vulnerable commuters, which are meant for seniors, persons with disabilities and families with your children, on one of the rail lines, the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Baey Yam Keng announced during his Committee of Supply speech on Thursday (Mar 7). The minister said that other commuters are encouraged to give way …

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Edwin Tong: MediShield to cover inpatient treatment for serious pregnancy

Patients who need inpatient treatment for serious pregnancy and delivery-related complications may see the coverage under the national health insurance scheme MediShield Life with effect on 1 April. Speaking during the Committee of Supply speech on Wednesday (6 March), Senior Minister of State for Health Edwin Tong said that this is expected to benefit up to 4,000 patients a year. …

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Consider alternative forms of ownership in high-value areas to mitigate income stratification in public housing: NMP Walter Theseira, to MND

The issue of income stratification in public housing in Singapore should be dealt with via alternative forms of ownership such as equity sharing and guaranteed subsidised resettlement on lease expiry in areas of high market value, said Nominated Member of Parliament Walter Theseira. Speaking in Parliament on Wed (6 Mar), Prof Theseira, who also teaches Economics at the Singapore University …

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Free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for Secondary 1 female students

The government will provide free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to protect current and future cohorts of Secondary 1 female students if they wish to protect them against cervical cancer starting from April 2019, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor announced during her ministry’s Committee of Supply debate speech on Wednesday (6 March). She stated that all other female …

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Parliamentary questions for 4 March 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 11:00 am on Monday, 4 March 2019, for the 97th session of the 13th Parliament. *2 oral questions and 2 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be estimates for the financial year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 (Paper Cmd. 19 of 2019): Committee of Supply (Progress: 1 March …

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