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Check out the latest sights and sounds in and around the Nee Soon community.

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Check out the latest sights and sounds in and around the Nee Soon community.

Fake News Hurts Real People

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah’s speech in Parliament about deliberate online falsehoods Video In 1969, Malaysia was rife with rumours of attacks between Malays and Chinese. This sparked off massive racial riots, which spread to Singapore. In Singapore, the riots lasted 7 days and led to at least 4 deaths and 80 people injured. People of my age or older will definitely remember those horrible, blood-soaked days. At that time, my family and I lived on a rubber plantation near to Malacca.....

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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Speech by Henry Kwek on Parliament Debate on Motion to Appoint Committee to Deliberate Online Falsehoods 1. “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” a. This is an insightful slogan of Washington Post, a well-regarded US newspaper. b. The Washington Post recognizes that a democracy cannot survive and thrive without a public discourse informed by facts, truth and transparency. 2. Indeed, in the past few years, leading democracies have been hacked. The long list includes US, UK, Germany, France,....

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Accountability within Co-operative Societies

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Co-operative Societies (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 50/2017]   Introduction The cooperative movement in Singapore reached a significant milestone 2 years ago, celebrating its 90th birthday. There has been a steady increase in the number of cooperatives in Singapore serving a variety of needs – a strong recognition of the effectiveness of the cooperative business model. It is heartening to see members of the public coming together to support each other in a spirit of self-help and mutual assistance – and the government must do all it can to support this ecosystem.....

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Charities: Strengthening Trust and Fundraising

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Charities (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 49/2017]   Introduction Sir, this bill is timely to restore the public’s trust in Singapore’s charity sector, after a few high-profile scandals in the past years, which shocked the nation. I am heartened to see that there is constant review of the Charities Act, with the last one just seven years ago, and that we continually seek to strengthen accountability in the sector.....

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Jurisdiction in International Commercial Arbitration

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 47/2017]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of this Bill. The Bill relate to proposed amendments to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act. It deals with matters relating to the operation and jurisdiction of the Singapore International Commercial Court (“SICC”). The SICC was officially launched on 5 January 2015. ....

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Elderly workers, family violence and SkillsFuture scams

Parliamentary Questions from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah from 8th to 10th Jan 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) how many crisis shelters are there currently; (b) what are their capacities for men and women respectively; and (c) whether the Ministry has plans to expand the number of shelters to accommodate homeless singles. Answer 2.To ask the Minister for Health in light of the new US guideline defining high blood pressure as 130/80 mmHg (a) what percentage of our population falls within this category;....

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Educate citizens about financial management

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE MONEYLENDERS (AMENDMENT) BILL IN PARLIAMENT ON 08 JAN 2018   Mr Speaker, Sir   Moneylending is an issue that is close to many MPs’ hearts, as it is an issue that affects our constituents. We all know that going to borrow money is the only solution for some, albeit this is often a flawed one, because servicing the loan would sink the borrower deeper into the red.....

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Insolvency and Cross-border Payment Settlements

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Payment and Settlement Systems (Finality and Netting) (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 44/2017]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of this Bill. Given the rapid development in Fintech, we need to ensure our laws and regulations keep up. I have comments and queries on one specific aspect of the Bill and more broadly, to request for an illustration.....

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Housing for single and divorcee parents, tax on NS award, vulnerable juveniles

Parliamentary Questions from Louis Ng from 8th to 10th Jan 2018 1.To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what are the criteria that single unwed parents under the age of 35 need to fulfill before their applications or appeals are approved to (i) purchase a flat from HDB (ii) rent a flat from HDB; (b) what are the objective criteria used to determine if such unwed parents are able to continue living with their parents;....

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