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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.

Welcome changes to criminal justice

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Criminal Justice Reform Bill [Bill No. 14/2018] and the Evidence (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 15/2018]   Increasing the range of community sentences available Sir, one of the key amendments in this Bill is to make community sentences available to a wider range of offenders. Community sentences provide our Criminal Courts with alternative sentencing options. They focus on rehabilitating rather than punishing the offender.....

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Greater transparency around carbon tax

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE CARBON PRICING BILL IN PARLIAMENT ON 19 MAR 2018   Introduction Reducing carbon foot-print is the way to go for our future. This Bill will be a good step forward to get our people to be in sync with the international trend. We need to position Singapore for a low-carbon future as that will be the new norm.....

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Clarifications on carbon tax

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Carbon Pricing Bill [Bill No. 17/2018]   Introduction Sir, I am in favour of establishing a framework for taxing businesses responsible for high Green House Gas emissions. Climate change is one of the most serious problems of our time, and the consequences of unchecked climate change for every country – including Singapore – are likely to be grave.....

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Control indirect costs of carbon tax

Henry Kwek MP for Nee Soon GRC   Speech on Carbon Pricing Bill The Carbon Pricing Bill is welcomed as a useful tool to help our companies be more environmentally responsible as we manage our carbon footprint as an economy and to meet our national obligations under the Paris Agreement. With regards to the bill, I would like to raise several points. First, it would be helpful if at regular intervals, the government can share on the results of the carbon tax on lowering the energy consumption of residents of Singapore,....

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Ivory ban and wrongful dismissal

PQs from Louis Ng on 19 Mar 2018 1. To ask the Minister for National Development whether he can provide an update on the Ministry’s plans to implement a ban on domestic trade in ivory. Answer 2. To ask the Minister for Manpower what constitutes claims for “unfair” or “wrongful” dismissal which will be heard by the Employment Claims Tribunal Answer 3. To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) why are employers required to pay the salaries of S Pass holders electronically but not for work permit holders (b) how does the Ministry verify that the amount stated in salary vouchers tally with the cash amount paid to workers.....

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Competition (Amendment) Bill

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Second Reading of the Competition (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 8/2018] Introduction Sir, a welcome amendment is that relating to the provision, on application, of confidential advice by the Competition Commission on whether an anticipated merger is likely to lessen competition within any market in Singapore and therefore falling foul of Section 54 of the Act. I understand that this seeks to codify an already available procedure.....

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Look out for Profiteering

Henry Kwek Speech For Competition (Amendment) Bill Mergers and acquisitions are increasing in frequency. We must ensure that any corporate activity must keep the consumer in mind and not compromise consumer rights or position. Take the speculation of a deal between Uber and Grab in Southeast Asia, for instance. Will it achieve a dominance that will crowd out other taxi companies?  Will we see consumers ultimately lose out? Hence, our competition laws must be robust to ensure that corporate activities do not create anti-competition or undermine our market fundamentals.....

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MUIS 50th Anniversary Celebration

A/P Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim COS Cut for MCCY Since its formation in 1968, MUIS has touched the lives of many people, particularly Muslims in Singapore. Over the years, MUIS has played a key role in ensuring that the socio-religious lives of Muslims in Singapore are being looked after. As a former Council Member of MUIS, I have seen MUIS making every effort to stay relevant in this everchanging world that we live in. MUIS’s effort in building an excellent and inspiring Muslim community which is resilient,....

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Social cohesion and ASEAN connections

Kwek Hian Chuan Henry COS Cuts for MCCY Tempering Emerging Social Divide 1. Singaporeans pride ourselves to live in a fair and justice meritocracy. 2. However, some believe that social divide is emerging both along race and class lines. Can the government provide an overview of the broad trends? 3. Can MCCY share what MCCY is doing to bring our people together, so as to temper the emergence of social divide? 4. Is there scope for the MCCY to strengthen our collaboration with VWOs to bring people together?....

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