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House of Indonesia quietly passed a law amendment to suppress criticism to politicians

A controversial and unpublished law amendment was passed by the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR-RI) in the third week of February 2018. DPR-RI silently passed the revision on the Law of Representative Assemblies, known as the MD3 law. If this amendment comes into effect, criticism of Indonesian politicians will be deterred and accountability of the politicians …

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PM Lee coaches 4th gen potential PM Heng how to reply to Sylvia Lim

Speaking at the start of the Parliament sitting on 8 March (Thursday), Workers' Party Ms Sylvia Lim declined to apologise for her earlier "Test Balloon" remarks in Parliament about the impending GST hike and cited media reports and comments by economists that led her to suspect that the government had planned to raise the GST sooner, before the timeline of …

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PAP government seeks legal avenue against Sylvia Lim after failing to apologise in ‘Test Balloons’ saga

The Straits Times (ST) reported today (11 Mar) that the government had proceeded to seek legal advice from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) to see if Workers' Party Sylvia Lim did breach parliamentary privilege in the recent "test balloons" debates in Parliament. After the close of Parliamentary debates on Thursday (8 Mar), Senior Minister of State for Law, Indranee Rajah renewed …

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Indranee: Sylvia Lim’s conduct not honourable

On Thursday (8 Mar), WP Chairman Sylvia Lim explained in Parliament why she is not apologising for her earlier allegation that the PAP government had floated a "test balloon" about raising GST. She said, "I believe I was doing my duty as an MP to convey ground concerns, reactions and confusion." "I did not accuse the Government of being untruthful …

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Minister Lim: “Our door remains open to foreign professionals” – 50K EPs issued per year

At a dialogue organised by the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) yesterday (9 Mar), Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say assured the 700 company officials attending the event that companies will have some leeway to bring in foreign professionals if they meet specified conditions. These foreign PMETs should have skills that are in demand and are "lacking" locally. Companies must also …

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MOH takes 13 years to discover zero co-payment policies encourage “buffet syndrome”

On Wed (7 Mar), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament that co-payment in healthcare plays an important role in ensuring that the healthcare system is sustainable. However, he noted that some private insurance policies had offered zero co-payment coverage. He said that this encourages a "buffet syndrome" in patients. "They are called full riders," Gan explained. "Such riders encourage …

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New PAP MP Cheng Li Hui criticises PTC for lowering transport fares

Yesterday (7 March), Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament that the fare formula for public transport is being reviewed in view of the upcoming infrastructure upgrades. He said that while Singapore's transport fares are currently "affordable", the Government also needs to ensure the sustainability of the transport network. "We must be careful that (fares) are not priced too …

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