The More Things Change

by Charles Chong Member of Parliament, Punggol East SMC from Petir   I couldn’t help feeling a wave of déjà vu as I listened to the Committee of Supply (COS) debate for the Prime Minister’s Office a few days ago. Workers’ Party NCMP Mr Leon Perera called on the Government to educate new citizens that their votes were secret, claiming that he had met several new citizens who were afraid of losing their citizenship if they voted against the People’s Action Party.....

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Why the WP said ‘No’ to independent checks

By Dr Chia Shi-lu, PAP MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC from Petir I am deeply concerned by the Workers’ Party’s stand in the recent debate in Parliament on the Town Council Amendment Bill. The proposed changes are meant to protect the interests of residents, and strengthen governance of the Town Councils. Yet, Ms Sylvia Lim criticised the amendments as “fundamentally flawed”. Why? Because, according to her, the Ministry for National Development (MND) could not be the regulator since the head of the Ministry is a political officeholder,....

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Starting ‘em young

from Henry Kwek’s interview with Petir Henry Kwek’s experience as a youth volunteer tutoring inmates at the Kaki Bukit Prison School left an indelible mark on him. So when he became an MP, one of the things he set out to do was to help individuals from disadvantaged families succeed. That, coupled with his background from a humble family, convinced him of the need to bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. Social work is therefore a core of his constituency work.....

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PQs from Henry Kwek on 1 Aug 2017

1. To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) whether the Government will consider having trade councils or business chambers work with professional think-tanks to come up with an annual sectoral business costs index to track business costs by category, such as rentals, wages, transportation, raw materials, equipment, fees and charges, to assist the Government in deriving sector-specific policies for transforming our industries. Answer 2. To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether he can provide an update on how the Government will better ensure availability of heavy vehicle lots around HDB towns;....

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