Parliament

Amendments to Presidential Election Act to increase application period for candidates

A Bill to amend the Presidential Elections Act was tabled in Parliament and the changes are intended to effect amendments to the Constitution which were passed in November last year, and to improve the processes and procedures of the upcoming Presidential Election. It is said that the MPs will debate the latest amendments when Parliament sits in February. The Presidential Elections (Amendment) …

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Amendment to Securities and Futures Act passed to introduce safeguards for retail investors

The Securities and Futures Amendment Bill, which sought to introduce safeguards for retail investors in the securities and derivatives markets, has been passed in Parliament on Monday (9 January). The Bill gives the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) increased powers and flexibility to bring non-conventional investment products within regulatory perimeters. tighten the classification of accredited investors. It also tightened the …

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Singapore to soon match Malaysia’s RM20 road charge

Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan has said that the country will match the RM20 road charge that Malaysia imposed on 1 November last year and that the details of the matching charge will be revealed soon by the Ministry of Transport. Mr Khaw also said in today’s Parliament that Singapore-registered vehicles entering Malaysia via the checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas have …

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Ng Eng Hen: Detention of Terrex ICVs against international law

Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen told Parliament on Monday (9 January) that the detention of the nine Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) in Hong Kong does not comply with international or Hong Kong law and that the country looks forward to them to be returned. The Minister stated that the legal position is that the SAF Terrex …

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Parliamentary questions for 9 January 2017

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1.30pm on Monday, 9 January 2017 for the 30th session of the 13th Parliament. 68 oral questions and 29 written questions have been scheduled to be asked. 4 bills will be introduced in this Parliament session. International Enterprise Singapore Board (Amendment) Bill – Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) Presidential Elections (Amendment) Bill – Minister, Prime …

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Singapore Budget 2017 to be delivered on 20 February

The Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat is expected to convey the 2017 Budget statement in Parliament on 20 Feb. Member of Parliament (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC) Liang Eng Hwa, who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Finance and Trade and Industry, and GPC member, Ms Foo Mee Har, will run a pre-Budget question-and-answer session on government feedback portal Reach’s Facebook …

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Police investigated over 500 cases of rape over past three years

Earlier in November this year, Mr Chen Show Mao, MP for Aljunied GRC, asked the Minister of Home Affairs on the number of officers assigned to the Serious Sexual Crimes Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and what is the rationale for the staffing numbers at the Serious Sexual Crimes Branch (SSCB). Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam said that …

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As of Sept 2016, $12.8 million outstanding in MediShield life premiums

The Minister of State for Health, Mr Chee Hong Tat said in Parliament that the total amount outstanding is $12.8 million, or less than 1% of total premiums due. This was in response to MP Png Eng Huat for Hougang who asked the Minister for Health what is the number of citizens and permanent residents who could not pay for their MediShield …

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