Tag Archives: Budget 2013

SDP – MOH must tackle root cause of healthcare problems

The members of the Healthcare Advisory Panel from Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has issued a press statement which express their support in Health Minister Gan Kim Yong's acknowledgment about high healthcare costs in Singapore and that Mr Gan has taken some measures to ease such costs for Singaporeans. Prof Paul Tambyah, Dr Patrick Kee, Dr Leong Yan Hoi and Dr Wong Wee Nam …

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Single unwed parents given same leave entitlement

In Acting Minister for Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Mr Chan Chun Sing's closing speech for the Ministry. He announced in his speech that the infant care and childcare leave provisions will be extended to single unwed parents. “We understand that many of these families need additional support, especially single mothers. But single mothers are not a uniform …

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More MOE Scholarships for regional studies

MP for Aljunied GRC, Mr Chen Show Mao spoke in parliament on Thursday, to urge the Ministry of Education (MOE) to offer more exchange programs for more students to participate in. Mr Chen says, “At present, the Ministry of Education offers an ASEAN scholarship programme to citizens of some ASEAN countries to undertake studies in our local schools at the pretertiary …

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New Inter-Agency Committee to Promote Road Safety

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim spoke on Wednesday in the parliament covering road safety, cycling and catering the transportation system for the ageing population. When he said that when he joined the Ministry of Transport last August, he had met with public transport commuters and road users for the review of the Land Transport Master Plan …

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Making the roads safer for motorist and pedestrians

MP of Hougang SMC, Mr Png Eng Huat said in the parliament on Wednesday that although there are fewer fatal and injury accidents in 2012, the government must still ensure that the roads remain safe for all users especially for vulnerable groups like elderly and young pedestrians. Mr Png asked if LTA could start a Zero Accident Movement for the …

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Increasing safety for cyclists and pedestrians

MP for Aljunied GRC, Mr Pritnam Singh asked the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) on Wednesday to consider an inter-agency educational campaign covering cycling etiquette and other personal road safety measures for cyclists as part of a national safe cycling framework. He said that cycling remains a popular and convenient means of transport over short distances for many Singaporeans and even …

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Long waiting time for subsidized patients in restructured hospitals

Workers' Party Secretary General and MP for Aljunied GRC , Mr Low Thia Khiang highlighted that the restructured hospitals presently appears to be managed as profit-driven companies. Most of the restructured hospitals around has International Medical Services which solicit business from foreign patients to seek treatment in the hospitals. He asked the Ministry of Health on what proportion of the overall patient …

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Making transportation more affordable

MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian has called for the fare concessions to be extended to the disabled as what the other MPs has raised in the past. She hopes that the concession to be given to the disabled would be significant to ease the financial burden on this group of individuals who are likely to be low …

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Environment Issues brought out by Workers’ Party MPs

MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh spoke in the parliament on Tuesday in the parliament on the issue with the growing rat problem observed in Singapore, while fellow MP Sylvia Lim spoke on the unusual peak of dengue outbreaks at the time of the year. Mr Pritam Singh presented the alarming trend of the increase of areas that are deemed to be …

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New Budget and Old Asset Rich Folks

By Dr Yuen Chung Kwong Singapore has one of the highest per capita wealth index in the world, largely a reflection of high property prices and a high level of real estate ownership. Yet, few people feel they are rich, because most people do not have large amounts of disposable cash - one might live in a high price home …

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