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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.

Fairer tax rebates

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF INCOME TAX (AMENDMENT) BILL IN PARLIAMENT   Mr Speaker, Private-hire car (PHC) services which in the days of old used to be one of the modes of transport for those in the better-off segment of society, is today an affordable transport option for the masses. And, in spite of various issues enshrouding the PHC, the demand for their services has not abated.....

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Ensuring lawful conduct from VCCs

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Variable Capital Companies Bill [Bill no. 40/2018] Introduction   Sir, I stand in support of this Bill. When investment managers are deciding where to house their funds, they look for three key things: privacy for their investors; flexibility in their operations; and tax exemptions from the government.   Until now, we have had no corporate structure providing all of these features.....

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The right to be heard

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment No.2) Bill [Bill no. 33/2018]   Introduction Sir, I stand in support of this Bill, which updates our civil procedure framework. In particular, I welcome the clarification that the court may hear matters through live video or television link.   This aligns the legislative framework with the tools already at the disposal of court users such as the Technology courts and Mobile Technology Facility Services for use in non-technology courtrooms and hearing chambers.....

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Welfare Spending and Budget Sustainability

Speech by Henry Kwek at World Bank-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Asia Competitiveness Institute luncheon   Today, we’re here to talk about Singapore’s welfare spending, and the budget sustainability. The answer to this question is significantly tougher than it is say a decade ago. Singapore today is A small open economy existing in a moment of hypercompetitive globalization, technological upheavals, amidst fundamental geopolitical shifts. A society staring down on a demographic cliff. A society of people with a heightened national identity,....

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Fixing broken families

Speech by Henry Kwek At the Yellow Ribbon Community Project Annual Appreciation Luncheon Introduction 1. There is a lot of idealism in this room today. 2. Many of us believe that: – Justice can be tempered with mercy. – We must unlock ex-offenders from their second prison. – And the families of the guilty are innocent. 3. Talking to fellow Singaporeans, I can confidently say that many Singaporeans share the same ideals. 4. So why do some of our ex-offenders face a discriminating eye,....

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Motorcycle COEs, scams and special needs employment

Parliamentary Questions from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 10 Sep 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Transport in light of the high prices of motorcycle COEs in recent biddings (a) whether the Ministry is concerned about the COE increase; (b) whether there is any market manipulation or any party who is keeping the COE prices up; (c) who bid for the nearly 400 bids that came in during the last moment before the tender closed at 4pm on 8 August 2018;....

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Careshield Life premiums solely used for S’poreans

Parliamentary Questions from Henry Kwek on 10 Sep 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Health (a) whether Careshield Life is subjected to the Insurance Act; and (b) if not, how will the Government ensure that the premiums collected are properly managed and payouts made available when claims arise. Answer MOH replied that government plans to set up a CareShield Life Fund. All CareShield Life premiums collected, along with any investment returns from these premiums, will remain entirely within the Fund.....

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Microbeads, disease costs and starting salaries

Parliamentary Questions from Louis Ng on 10 Sep 2018 1. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (a) whether the Ministry monitors the amounts of microbeads in reservoirs, tap water, and discharge into the ocean; (b) what percentage of microbeads is removed during the water treatment process; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider banning cosmetics that contain microbeads. Answer 2. To ask the Minister for Transport (a) when will the Ministry make public the full findings of the animal monitoring programme conducted at the Central Catchment Nature Reserve,....

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Too hasty to go car-lite?

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE LAND TRANSPORT (ENFORCEMENT MEASURES) BILL IN PARLIAMENT ON 10 SEPTEMBER 2018 Mr Speaker Sir I rise to support the Bill. It is indeed regrettable that in our effort to improve the mobility of residents and encourage people to enjoy the outdoors without relying on the use of traditional transport like motor cars and other petrol or diesel vehicles,....

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