More support for foster and adoptive parents

Speech on Child Development Co-savings Co-savings (Amendment No. 2) Bill by Nee Soon GRC MP Kwek Hian Chuan Henry in Parliament on 10 Nov 2016 Introduction Madam Speaker, I stand in support of the Bill. There is a beautiful saying about motherhood: “Being a mother is like having a piece of your heart running outside of you”. Most of us have experienced such love. And I would go further to say that such love extends to both parents,....

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Tackle remnants of discrimination

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 28/2016] Introduction Madam, the office of the President is a highly significant one in our country. It has thus undergone significant changes. The proposals made under this Bill continue to keep the office relevant, influential and important. I would like to raise a few questions and comments as we further the debate on how we think this honourable office should continue to function in the service of our people.....

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Government willing to review laws criminalising suicide

In response to MP Louis Ng’s question, Senior Minister of State of the Ministry of Home Affairs Desmond Lee said on 7th November the government is willing to review laws criminalising suicide. (Link) Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam also responded that when responding to such cases, Police’s priority is to ensure the person’s safety. Only two out of 1096 cases of attempted suicide reported in 2015 were eventually prosecuted. He clarified that police usually arrest persons for attempting suicide in order to prevent them from doing harm,....

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Clothes hanging, mobile coverage and e-bikes

PQs from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 7 to 11 Nov 2016 Er Dr Lee Bee Wah asked if the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) could be extended to flats built just after 1986. She also asked about clothes pole sockets, as some elderly find it hard to move their clothes poles to outside the window. Minister Lawrence Wong replied that HIP costs billions of dollars and extension must be considered properly. But the feedback about clothes hanging will be taken into consideration in future upgrading.....

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