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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.

Threshold to appoint Official Manager too high?

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 29/2017]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of this Bill. Better governance and transparency is welcomed in light of the numerous cases brought to the Strata Titles Board and media on disputes involving Subsidiary Proprietors and MCSTs. The Bill enhances the self-regulating nature of the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act,....

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Leave to care for parents and sick children

PQs from Louis Ng on 11th Sep 2017 1. To ask the Prime Minister whether the Ministry will consider allowing parents to use their paid sick leave entitlement to care for their sick children or allowing this at least for parents of premature, multiple births or babies with congenital illness. 2. To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether the lack of a fire-rated entrance door affects the design of a HDB flat as a fire compartment;....

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What China’s Rise Means for Singapore and World

Minister Shanmugam’s Speech on the Belt and Road Initiative in (Mostly) Pictures Geopolitical Trends 1. China will be a superpower. Largest world economy and largest trading nation Technologically, militarily – China will become a more significant player. Already leading in innovation and infrastructure. 2.Change of relative power between America and China US has a significant lead, but over time, will have less and less scope for unilateral action, especially in areas of the globe where China has strong interests.....

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The One-Belt One-Road Initiative: Impact and Implications

Asia Economic Forum on “The One-Belt One-Road Initiative: Impact and Implications” – Speech by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law Ms Fatouma Toure Ibrahima, Acting Director and Operations Adviser, World Bank Infrastructure and Urban Development Hub,   Professor Tan Eng Chye, President Designate and Provost, NUS,   Professor Liew Mun Leong, Chairman, Changi Airport Group & Surbana Jurong Group,   Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,....

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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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PQs from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 1 Aug 2017

1. To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether any study has been done to determine the preparedness of our population for any emergency. Answer 2. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) what are the reasons for the infestation of mayflies at certain blocks of flats in Nee Soon South; (b) how can NEA help to put a stop to it; and (c) how long will the eradication measures take to produce tangible results.....

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