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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.

Physical and Non-physical Connectivity

Cut by MP Henry Kwek during Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Committee of Supply Debate 2019 Physical and Non-physical Connectivity Chairman, 1. Physical and non-physical connectivity has traditionally under-pinned Singapore’s success as a Global-Asia hub.   2. As ASEAN and the larger Asia region continues to grow, they are also becoming better connected to the world. Across the world, technology also changing the way people and business connect with one another, and shortening and shifting supply chains.....

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Command emphasis in SAF, Relations with Malaysia

Cuts by Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim during the Committee of Supply Debate 2019 Ministry of Defence Command Emphasis Mr Chairman, Safety is one of the SAF’s core values and it is integral to mission success. It enhances the soldiers’ confidence and enables the SAF to conduct realistic training and to operate effectively during missions. Safety, while an individual responsibility, is also a command responsibility. I understand that our commanders are trained in command schools on the requirements on how to conduct training safely,....

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Strengthening support for NS and Total Defence

Cuts by MP Henry Kwek during Ministry of Defence’s Committee of Supply Debate 2019 MINDEF Accord Chairman, 1.As a member of MINDEF Advisory Council on Community Relations, or MINDEF ACCORD, for the past 3 years, I have witnessed first-hand how MINDEF successfully build broad support from society, from businesses, schools and various communities. 2.In particular, I would like to commend MINDEF on its successful engagement of Singaporeans through NS50 in the past year. 3.Nevertheless, in the wake of the recent training incidents,....

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Innovation and Value in Procurement

Cut by MP Henry Kwek during the Ministry of Finance’s Committee of Supply Debate 2019 Innovation and Value in Procurement  Chairman, 1. It is important for the government to achieve value for money in purchases, especially in the face of anticipated rising public expenditure. 2. There are many ways to achieve that.  Let me provide two examples. a. First, large projects, especially infrastructure projects have a long tail to their project life.  We are at the cusp of funding some truly large infrastructure projects,....

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Extending parental leave and childcare leave

Cuts by MP Louis Ng during Prime Minister’s Office’s Committee of Supply Debate 2019 Extending childcare leave Young couples are rightly concerned about whether they have the means to bring up a child. It is now not just “money not enough”, but also “time and leave not enough”. The current 6 days of childcare leave and unpaid infant care leave is insufficient. It doesn’t make sense that the amount of leave doesn’t increase when you have more kids.....

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Helping SMEs deal with new regulations

Speech by Er Dr. Lee Bee Wah, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Budget Debate 2019 Watch the speech here Mr Deputy Speaker Sir, I thank Minister Heng Swee Keat for engineering a budget which has to take in so many evolving situations. There are so many factors he has to address to keep our economy vibrant and society inclusive. Out of these factors, one of the trickiest is the transformation of our economy. For the past few years and past few Budgets,....

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Make Every Class a Good Class: Doing Away with Streaming

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Budget Debate 2019 Watch the speech here Introduction Sir, inequality has been a buzzword in recent years and it is a positive sign. It shows that as a society, we are not just concerned about ourselves, but we are also concerned about those who have fallen behind those who need our help. What is the best way to reduce inequality? The answer is ensuring social mobility and social mixing.....

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Learning from the past, planning for the future

Speech by Mr. Henry Kwek , MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Budget Debate 2019 Watch the speech here Lessons from the fall of Singapore in 1942 1. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the budget. 2. On 15th of Feb, 1941, the morning Singapore fell, General Percival conferred with his fellow generals at Fort Canning. a. Bukit Timah had fallen, along with crucial military supplies. b. The water supply was at the verge of collapse.....

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On work permit screening process, Comcare and Cat-related Nuisance

Parliamentary Questions on 18 Feb 2019 Dr Lee Bee Wah: 1) To ask the Minister for Manpower: (a) what is the employment screening process for foreigners applying for a work permit; and (b) in the past three years, how many applicants have been rejected because of their unsatisfactory records. Response Louis Ng: 1) To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development in each of the past five years: (a) how many ComCare Short to-Medium Term Assistance recipients are first-time applicants;....

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