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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.

Tweaking rental scheme for singles, allowing the keeping of cats in HDB flats

HDB rental flats for singles I’m glad that we have reformed our housing policies for single unwed parents. I thank HDB for providing the much needed helping hand to the single unweds. We can do more also for singles. Many of the lower-income singles are in need of rental housing due to various circumstances and many are seniors. HDB does help under The Joint Singles Scheme (JSS), which requires single tenants to rent a flat together with a flatmate.....

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Supporting low-income caregivers

Mr Chairman,  Our social safety net approach continues to put family as the first line of support. MOH talks about aging in place. The reality is, these 2 dovetail into an untenable care load on women when it comes to elderly care. Because when we say “family”, most of the time it is daughters who end up caring for aging parents.   As much as filial piety is a valued and important virtue in our Asian society,....

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On emission levels, Zero Waste Masterplan

MP Louis Ng’s speech during the debates on MSE’s Budget I have asked several times in this House for the government to disclose data on the top emitters in Singapore. As I mentioned during the climate change motion, Singaporeans increasingly live their lives in a sustainable way. They should be given more information with which to make their consumption decisions. The UK already requires all big companies to include emissions data in their annual reports, and the EU provides large amounts of emissions data on all facilities level across its member states.....

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Traffic Police enforcement against illegal speed trials

Ms Ng Ling Ling asked the Minister for Home Affairs in light of the fatal car accident along Tanjong Pagar, whether the Traffic Police will consider more enforcement actions at roads that are conducive for car racing especially in the late nights. The Minister of State for Home Affairs (Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim) (for the Minister for Home Affairs): Madam, the Traffic Police (TP) conducts regular enforcement operations at known hotspots. Further, when public feedback is received on such activities,....

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Extending support for local businesses to ride out pandemic

MP Derrick Goh’s speech during the debates on MTI’s Budget Supporting SMEs in the Longer term  Mr Chairman, SMEs have fed back that that they are grateful for the relief measures such as the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS).  One SME restaurant chain owner mentioned to me about how JSS helped her business stay afloat and survive the most difficult period last year allowing her to retain over 50 staff to reach the stage now where the business is seeing some improvement.  ....

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Lifting ComCare recipients out of poverty

MP Carrie Tan’s speech during the debates on MSF’s Budget Although Comcare has helped many low-income persons and challenged families and is a critical social support programs. The number of families helped and the amount spent on Comcare has not reduced, in fact increased, since its inception.  It tells me that Comcare is not getting people out of poverty permanently. This is not a solution built to last. Without capacity-building of families on Comcare, it serves only as a band-aid solution that continues to deplete the country’s financial resources.....

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Achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

MP Louis Ng’s speech during the debates on MSE’s Budget Mr Chairman, I beg to move, “That the total sum to be allocated forHead L of the Estimates be reduced by $100”. MSE’s portfolio is a broad but incredibly crucial one. As long as we breathe, eat, and live in Singapore, MSE’s policies touch all our lives. And we have an important goal of ensuring sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Last month,....

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Digitisation of processes

MP Derrick Goh’s speech during the debates on MinLaw’s Budget Mr Chairman, MinLaw has already taken many steps in its digitization journey.   With the digitalization efforts undertaken across government agencies, what plans does SLA have in making available data platforms for businesses and individuals to make better decisions?  For documentation intensive processes, will SLA consider digitising more of this area, such as conveyancing related processes using Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger Technology? Thank you. Watch the speech here.....

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Public housing rental relief, matching of isolated elderly with single-parent families

MP Carrie Tan’s speech during the debates on MND’s Budget Public Rental Housing – Covid Relief  Mr Chairman Sir,  In 2018, there was a study done to examine the healthcare utilisation of the low-income community in Singapore. It found that staying in public rental housing was associated with poorer health outcomes and status. Another study found that patients living in rental housing were more likely to have heart disease commonly associated with stress, and were more likely to use anti-depressant medication,....

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