Democracy Dies in Darkness

Speech by Henry Kwek on Parliament Debate on Motion to Appoint Committee to Deliberate Online Falsehoods 1. “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” a. This is an insightful slogan of Washington Post, a well-regarded US newspaper. b. The Washington Post recognizes that a democracy cannot survive and thrive without a public discourse informed by facts, truth and transparency. 2. Indeed, in the past few years, leading democracies have been hacked. The long list includes US, UK, Germany, France,....

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Three ways to transform SMEs

Henry Kwek and Tan Khee Giap For The Straits Times It’s not just about costs. More industry clusters, embracing digitalisation and cutting red tape are the ways forward. Singapore’s recent economic growth numbers have been encouraging. Tradable sectors and many parts of the domestic economy have done better than expected. It is also encouraging that the Government has continued to press on with transforming the economy, with a third of the targeted 23 Industry Transformation Maps (ITMs) rolled out.....

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Business grant portal, free Sunday parking and carseats

PQs from Kwek Hian Chuan Henry on 6th and 7th Nov 2017 1. To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) (a) what is the rollout schedule for the business grant portal for SMEs; (b) what are the types of schemes that will be put on the portal; and (c) whether key schemes run by the Ministry of Manpower can be inserted in the first few stage of the rollout. Answer 2.  To ask the Minister for National Development whether the Ministry can extend free Sunday parking to all new BTO projects for both mature and non-mature HDB estates.....

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Effecting Change Through Listening

Speech by MP Kwek Hian Chuan Henry at TEDxPickering Street event in Singapore on 15th July 2017. Watch the video here   Good afternoon everybody. My name is Henry. I’m here to talk about effecting change through listening. Many of us sitting here are changemakers. When we want to make change, we have a lot of passion. I’ll say that a defining characteristic of a changemaker is somebody who has a very strong view on what they want to see in the world,....

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