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Parliamentary questions for 26 February 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 26 February 2019, for the 93rd session of the 13th Parliament. *5 oral questions and 2 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, there will be introduction of Government Bills: Supply Bill – Minister for Finance (President’s recommendation signified). Supplementary Supply (FY 2018) Bill …

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#SGBudget2019: Gov expenditure to increase in key areas such as defence & security, technology & enterprise, and social spending

In a bid to manage the ever-growing threats of cybersecurity breaches and terrorism in the Southeast Asian region, as well as to mitigate the negative effects of a globalised economy and workforce, the Singapore Government will increase its expenditure in key areas such as defence and security, technology and enterprise, and social spending to uplift the livelihoods of Singaporeans. Finance …

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#SGBudget2019: Reduced travellers’ import tax relief to offset GST increase, more returns for lower and middle income S’poreans

The increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 7% to 9% will be mitigated through the scaling down of tax relief received by travellers, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. Mr Heng, in delivering the Singapore Budget 2019 in Parliament on Monday (18 Feb), said that given “the rise in international travel” into and through Singapore, the Government will …

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Government earmarks S$5.1 billion for Long-Term Care Support Fund

Singapore is home to an ageing population and even now, 1 in 4 people are over 55 years old. As such, a big chunk of the budget is being earmarked to help support Singaporeans entering their silver years. This year, an extra S$3.1 billion was earmarked for premium subsidies and other forms of support for Singaporeans, bringing the total up …

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Heng Swee Keat unveils details for Merdeka Generation Package

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat revealed the long awaited details for the new Merdeka Generation Package (MGP) during the budget presentation today in Parliament (18 Feb). The package will benefit Singaporeans born in 1949 or earlier who missed out on the Pioneer Generation Package but obtained citizenship by 1996. The MGP is intended to help eligible Singaporeans with their medical …

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Parliamentary questions for 18 February 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1:30pm on Monday, 18 February 2019, for the 92nd session of the 13th Parliament. *18 oral questions and 6 written question have been scheduled to be asked. There will be a Ministerial Statement from Minister for Finance: BUDGET STATEMENT: That Parliament approves the financial policy of the Government for the financial year 1 April …

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Important not to conflate risks in training with those in operations: NCMP Dennis Tan on deaths of soldiers during NS training

On Monday (11 Feb), Worker’s Party secretary-general Pritam Singh, in proposing the amendment of Section 14 of the Government Proceedings Act (GPA), branded the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF)’s “zero-accident mindset” in the wake of reservist Corporal First Class (NS) Aloysius Pang’s death at the end of last month as “unrealistic” and “wishful” even in “industries with notoriously strict safety standards”. Two years ago, …

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“Unrealistic” and “wishful” for MINDEF to expect zero fatalities in NS: Pritam Singh

It is “unrealistic” and “wishful” for the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to expect zero fatalities in National Service (NS), given the foreseeable and inherent risks involved in military training in general, said Worker’s Party secretary-general Pritam Singh in Parliament on Monday (11 Feb). Mr Singh added that the “zero-accident mindset” adopted by MINDEF following the death of reservist Corporal First …

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