Green NDP, household income of students and secondhand smoke

Parliamentary Questions from Louis Ng, 19-20 Nov 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Defence (a) what measures are being taken to reduce single-use plastics in National Day Parade (NDP) 2019; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider providing only reusable items with minimal packaging in the NDP 2019 fun pack. Answer 2. To ask the Minister for National Development whether the Ministry will consider waiving the requirement for ex-spousal consent on who can list the children as occupiers in a HDB flat application if the ex-spouse has already purchased a private property or a HDB flat following the divorce.....

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Welfare Spending and Budget Sustainability

Speech by Henry Kwek at World Bank-Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Asia Competitiveness Institute luncheon   Today, we’re here to talk about Singapore’s welfare spending, and the budget sustainability. The answer to this question is significantly tougher than it is say a decade ago. Singapore today is A small open economy existing in a moment of hypercompetitive globalization, technological upheavals, amidst fundamental geopolitical shifts. A society staring down on a demographic cliff. A society of people with a heightened national identity,....

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Remind everyone to designate LPA

Henry Kwek (Nee Soon GRC) Speech on Amendment of Vulnerable Adult Bill Mr. Speaker, 1. I rise in support of the amendment. 2. I would also like to put on record my thanks to the MSF officers who work very hard to not just care for the needy, but always proactively consult VWOs as we change the law. 3. Members from the VWO sector whom I spoke to are supportive of this amendment. It strengthens how we protect our vulnerable adults,....

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Inequality, Social Divides and the Ikea Effect

Henry Kwek (Nee Soon GRC) Debate on President’s Address Inequality, Social Divides and the Ikea Effect; Driving Our Economy Through Data and Digital Transformation Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the motion. 1. There has been much discussion about fighting inequality and blurring emerging social divides. It boils down to different perspectives – is the glass half-empty, or half-full? a. We have a functional meritocracy with varied pathways of success. But our needy also face structural issues.....

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