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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.

Support to SMEs in Compliance to Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Second Reading of the Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 39/2020)  Introduction Sir, this Bill will strengthen safeguards of public monies and Singapore’s national interests. It is more crucial now than ever in the existing financial climate to ensure that tax revenue is protected from fraud or loopholes. In doing so, this Bill draws lessons and references from similar provisions in other jurisdictions,....

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On Income Tax and Tax Avoidance

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Second Reading of the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 38/2020)   Introduction Sir, the Bill covers a broad range of issues, including the implementation of measures announced in the Unity Budget and COVID-19 crisis measures in the later Budgets. I have spoken up previously on our COVID-19 support measures, and I am supportive of the increased financial support that we are providing in these difficult times.....

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Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Second Reading of the Personal Data Protection (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 37/2020)  Introduction Sir, since we passed the Personal Data Protection Act in 2012, the Personal Data Protection Commission has been busy. It has investigated numerous data breaches and received a record-breaking 4,500 complaints last year. Data protection has become only more concerning, and this Bill helps address those concerns. I am heartened by the amendments requiring organisations to inform people who are affected by data breaches and to help people port their data to other services.....

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Singapore joins 118 countries as a party to the Apostille Convention

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Second Reading of the Apostille Bill (Bill No. 35/2020)  Introduction  Sir, like Mr Murali, I am extremely excited about this bill as well. Sir, if this Bill is passed, Singapore will join 118 countries as a party to the Apostille Convention. This Bill gives effect to our obligations under the Convention. This will streamline our processes for recognising foreign public documents and make it easier for our public documents to be recognised in other contracting states.....

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Preschool Development Support and Learning Support programmes, Appraisal Models for Teachers

Parliamentary Questions by Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang on 14 and 15 October To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the Ministry has plans to introduce the Development Support and Learning Support programmes to non-anchor operator preschools. Response Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) what percentage of anchor operator preschools currently have the Development Support and Learning Support (DS and LS) programmes; and (b) what are the Early Childhood Development Agency’s (ECDA) plans to introduce the DS and LS programmes to more anchor operators.....

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Legislating the right to work from home

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC at the Debate on the Ministerial Statement on the Overview of Government’s Strategy to Emerge Stronger from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Introduction  This COVID pandemic has badly affected our economy, many lives and livelihoods. But if there is something positive, it has reminded us about the important things in our lives and the things we may have taken for granted. Sir, I learned a very painful but important lesson over the Circuit Breaker: I realise that I have missed out on so much of my children’s childhood over the last couple of years.....

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On KidSTART, PMD accidents and public defender scheme

Parliamentary Questions filed by Ms Carrie Tan on 5 and 6 October 2020 -Ms Carrie Tan: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) what is the manpower resourcing plan for the Home Visitation Programme under KidSTART, in terms of the number of home visitors the programme aims to hire in the next two to five years; (b) what are the required skills or eligibility criteria for home visitors that the programme is looking for;....

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Question on use of Current Estimated Potential within the Civil Service

Parliamentary Questions filed by Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang on 5 and 6 October 2020 -To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the Ministry will consider extending the Development Support and Learning Support Programme to children who are differently abled at the nursery levels. Response -To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government will consider providing extra childcare leave for parents of differently abled children to attend developmental assessments, medical and therapy appointments.....

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Housing loans, falsehoods by HDB applicants, keeping cats in HDB

Speech by Mr. Louis Ng Kok Kwang, MP for Nee Soon GRC, at the Second Reading of the Housing and Development (Amendment) Bill (Bill No. 32/2020)  Introduction Madam, this Bill makes two key changes. First, it enables banks to use HDB loans as collateral to borrow from MAS. Second, it empowers the HDB to seize flats in certain cases where homeowners provided falsehoods to HDB. I agree with these changes. They help banks release funds into a tight economy.....

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