Parliament

NMP Walter Theseira: Promote and enlighten secularism to protect the public space in the interests of all

On Monday (1 April), 16 Members of Parliament (MPs), including political office holders and Nominated MPs debated Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam’s ministerial statement on hate speech in Parliament.   The debate lasted for four hours, with many of the MPs in support of prevailing laws regarding offensive speech while making suggestions to strengthen these laws in order …

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Indranee Rajah: CPIB investigations did not reveal any connection with a government agency or contract where corruption by ST Marine occurred so the company is not debarred from govt contracts

Debarment from participating in government contracts is a separate and distinct exercise from the court proceedings and serve a different purpose, says Second Minister for Finance Indranee Rajah. Responding to questions posed by MP Pritam Singh on the debarment procedure, Ms Indranee said that the Court will deal with the adjudication of liability and implementation of penalties for breaches of …

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Law Minister apologises to Bertha Henson for wrong attribution

On Monday (1 April), Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam delivered his ministerial statement on hate speech in Parliament where he talked about a variety of issues including the last minute cancellation of the Swedish metal band Watain’s concert. In his statement, he quoted a number of individuals while presenting his arguments, including former Straits Times editor and author …

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“Poorly defined” anti-“fake news” Bill “a disaster” for press freedom in Singapore, warn civil rights activists and media practitioners

Despite Law Minister K. Shanmugam’s assurance that the Protection From Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill does not “deal with opinions” or “viewpoints”, and that Singaporeans “can have whatever viewpoints however reasonable or unreasonable”, media practitioners and civil rights organisations have expressed concern over the introduction of the Bill in Parliament on Mon (1 Apr). Kirsten Han, editor-in-chief of Southeast Asian …

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Parliamentary questions for 1 April 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:30pm on Monday, 1 April 2019, for the 102nd session of the 13th Parliament. *51 oral questions and 32 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be two Ministerial Statements presented in this parliament sitting: 1. Restricting Hate Speech to Maintain Racial and Religious Harmony in Singapore – Minister for Home …

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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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