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

Latest

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

PQs from Louis Ng

Parliamentary questions from Louis Ng, 14-18 May 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether the Minister will consider reviewing the Criminal Procedure Code to (i) provide the courts with sentencing discretion for offences mandating imprisonment and caning where the offender is intellectually disabled and (ii) expand the sentencing options for intellectually disabled offenders such as mandatory treatment orders. Answer   2. To ask the Minister for Finance (a) what is the rationale behind allowing taxi drivers but not private-hire vehicle drivers to deduct expenses such as vehicle rental fees,....

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PQs from Henry Kwek

14-18 May 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development what is the Government’s overall approach to create a positive learning and personal development environment for children staying at the various children’s homes, shelters and other welfare homes. Answer 2.  To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development what is the current number of children and youth under 21 who are currently residing within various children’s homes, shelters and other welfare homes and whether this number has increased or decreased over the years.....

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Remind everyone to designate LPA

Henry Kwek (Nee Soon GRC) Speech on Amendment of Vulnerable Adult Bill Mr. Speaker, 1. I rise in support of the amendment. 2. I would also like to put on record my thanks to the MSF officers who work very hard to not just care for the needy, but always proactively consult VWOs as we change the law. 3. Members from the VWO sector whom I spoke to are supportive of this amendment. It strengthens how we protect our vulnerable adults,....

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Govt and S’poreans should create solutions together

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT’S OPENING OF NEW PARLIAMENT Speaker Sir, Chinese please. 总统在演说中提到,新加坡已进入下一阶段的发展。从前,我们可以参考其他国家的做法,赶上它们的发展。现在,我们碰到的许多挑战,都比较复杂, 也没有明确的解决方法,其他国家也在摸索。我相信,面对这些挑战时,政府必须和人民一起创造解决方案。   例如中小型企业的转型, 俗语说,“创业难,守业更难”,我们可以加多一句,转型最难。 中小企业如何转型,将是一大挑战。 新建立的企业发展局,在帮中小企业实施转变后,必须更紧密地关注发展。而中小企业也必须积极求变,甚至全国的心态也必须转变,政府、大企业和一般民众在消费的时候,应该多考虑多关照我们的中小企业。   在教育方面,许多国家也都在摸索,如何在因材施教的同时,保持教育水准和公平的标准。在新加坡,我们已经尝试很多不同的方法,我们的时代,我们的孩子的时代,我们的孙子的时代,我国的教育制度都一直在改变,家长不该只关注成绩,也该鼓励孩子做他们感兴趣的课外活动,也许那个课外活动才是孩子未来成功的关键。因此,希望家长和学校一起找出更适合每个孩子的教育方法。   另一个问题是较旧的基础设施,要什么时候翻新?设计如何更新?   例如1986年以后建成的组屋,是否可以纳入家居改进计划?还有义顺的人口日益增长,年轻家庭也越来越多。我们是否能重建旧的体育馆和游泳池,建成一座综合体育馆,里面还有让小孩嬉水的游泳设施?   淡滨尼有 Tampines Hub, 勿洛有Bedok Integrated Complex,兀兰有Kampong Admiralty,讲来讲去,讲了这么多年,我们义顺的居民不知几时能有福气享有Nee Soon Hub 或 Nee Soon Integrated Complex 或者是Kampong Nee Soon.希望有关当局能向黄志明部长看齐,尽早实现黄部长昨天在国会说的”We hear you, we are with you, together we will make it real.”我们都很期待make it real的那一天。   身为议员,我们常常要处理清洁和邻里纠纷的问题。这些问题往往当局没办法完全解决,解铃还须系铃人,需要当事人愿意妥协,愿意承担一部分责任。在这方面,我们还需要更加努力。   以上的问题,都没有“标准答案”。 无论是国会议员,公务员或是政府,都必须继续聆听新加坡人的意见,和新加坡人一起创造出答案。   Mr Speaker I rise to put my vote of Thanks to the President for delivering a speech that not only inspires but points us to the direction that we must collectively work towards in the coming years.....

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Protect the Most Vulnerable in Society

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Vulnerable Adults Bill [Bill No. 20/2018] Introduction Sir, the Vulnerable Adults Bill has been a long time in the making, with the public consultation on a draft Bill having been conducted nearly two years ago. The Bill is a welcomed piece of legislation to protect some of the most vulnerable in society, but also raises difficult questions of the role the state should play in intervening in the most intimate of relationships,....

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Inequality, Social Divides and the Ikea Effect

Henry Kwek (Nee Soon GRC) Debate on President’s Address Inequality, Social Divides and the Ikea Effect; Driving Our Economy Through Data and Digital Transformation Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the motion. 1. There has been much discussion about fighting inequality and blurring emerging social divides. It boils down to different perspectives – is the glass half-empty, or half-full? a. We have a functional meritocracy with varied pathways of success. But our needy also face structural issues.....

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Strengthening the Spirit of Giving

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Debate on the President’s Address 2018   Sir, our President shared the importance of fostering a compassionate and caring society and a giving society where everyone lends a helping hand.   Beyond the dollars and cents, renewing our economy, strengthening our fiscal position, which are important to our survival, the heartware of this nation is equally important.   How we care for one another,....

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Value-for-money stores in Northpoint City

The swanky new Northpoint City, which is the largest mall in the North, now houses over 500 retail outlets. With so many outlets to shop from, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice. We have prepared a simple guide to some not-to-be-missed good buys that you can find there. Of course, there are many cheap and good stores in our neighbourhood centres too. If you know any stores we can feature, drop us a note.   1.Valudollar (B1-177/178 South Wing) ValuDollar is a shop that sells fast moving consumer goods and necessities at the lowest prices possible in Singapore.....

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Dr Lee Bee Wah: Residents are like extended family

In a wide-ranging interview with the Straits Times’ Lunch with Sumiko column, Nee Soon GRC MP Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah revealed previously unknown facets of her personal and constituency life. In the article, Sumiko Tan described Dr Lee as friendly, and so frank that “what you see is what you get”.   1. Her pre-marriage agreement included “I won’t wear make-up” Before she got married, Dr Lee made certain things clear to her husband-to-be. She will have to continue supporting her family in Malaysia and sending money home.....

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