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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.

Louis Ng on Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill

I’m glad we have introduced this Bill which includes many things so many of us have been fighting for, for so many years now. The increase in paternity leave is very much welcomed. It is something very close to my heart and this change sends a strong signal about the important role fathers play. It also signals that the government is listening, listening to concerns on the ground and listening to our repeated questions in this house on these important issues although we sometimes get the same repeated replies.....

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Louis Ng on Immigration (Amendment) Bill

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang (Nee Soon): Sir, this Bill will strengthen border security by digitalising immigration processes, allowing faster responses to pandemics and other challenges, strengthening controls against undesirable persons and allowing efficient administration of passes and permits to foreigners and PRs. I have three points of clarification. My first point is on the right of appeal. The Bill removes the statutory right of appeal against certain decisions. The Bill will remove the right of appeal on the grant and revocation of PR status.....

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On Long Term Visit Passes to work for pouses of low-wage and aged Singaporeans

Parliamentary Questions filed by Ms Carrie Tan on 2 & 3 August 2023 Ms Carrie Tan: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what are the considerations when ICA rejects applications of the spouses of low-wage and aged Singaporeans for Long Term Visit Passes to work and fulfil the care needs of their families in Singapore; (b) whether ICA will consider working with the Ministry of Manpower to create a special entry and work pass category for these foreign spouses to make it easier for them to stay and help with caregiving of our citizens.....

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Louis Ng on Oaths, Declarations and Notarisations (Remote Methods) Bill and constitutional amendment bill

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang (Nee Soon): Sir, this Bill will introduce a framework for electronic signing of oaths, declarations and notarisations. The framework will allow persons making statutory declarations, making oaths and affirmations or notarising documents to do so over video link. This move away from paper-based processes will bring time and cost savings. I have three clarifications on the safeguards for the framework. My first clarification is on the interpreter’s involvement. Interpretation adds another step in the communication process.....

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Louis Ng on Public Utilities (Amendment) Bill

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang (Nee Soon): Sir, this Bill will improve water efficiency requirements, increase PUB’s administrative effectiveness and ensure consistent application of taxes to private suppliers. I have three clarifications to raise. My first point is on the WBT. Section 20(4)(g) allows the Minister to impose different amounts of WBT for persons “differently situated”. It lists situations where a different WBT can be imposed. The explanatory statement states that this amendment is to allow finer calibration to the circumstances where WBT is imposed and the amount of WBT imposed.....

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On using surplus funds for FY2022/2023’s revenues net of expenditures to support SMEs and workers

Parliamentary Questions filed by Mr Derrick Goh on 2 & 3 August 2023 Mr Derrick Goh: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance given the surplus for FY2022/2023’s revenues net of expenditures, whether the Government can share its plans on how it will use these surplus funds to support SMEs and workers to help them to transform and grow. Response Mr Derrick Goh: To ask the Minister for Manpower in view of the Ministry’s lower-than-expected expenditure for FY2022/2023 by about $3.3 billion (a) what are the reasons for the variance between the expected and actual grants disbursed to businesses and individuals;....

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On transporting workers by buses or other modes of transport

Parliamentary Questions filed by Mr Louis Ng on 2 & 3 August 2023 Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) what are the specific sectors that LTA is engaging with in its study on transporting workers by buses or other modes of transport; (b) how many companies in these sectors have been open to shifting to buses or other modes of transportation; (c) what are the specific pain points identified; and (d) what follow up steps will LTA be taking to address the pain points and scaling up the adoption of using buses and other modes of transportation.....

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On projection of figures for the anticipated increase in informal caregivers needed over the next 10 to 20 years as the population ages

Parliamentary Questions filed by Ms Carrie Tan on 3 to 6 July 2023 Ms Carrie Tan asked the Minister for Home Affairs in each of the past 10 years (a) how many persons have been convicted of assaulting children; and (b) how many of the convicted persons are personnel of service providers to children, such as schools, learning centres, tuition centres and enrichment centres. Response Ms Carrie Tan asked the Minister for Law (a) how does the Ministry maintain oversight of the administrative fees charged by pawnbrokers and moneylenders;....

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On second-hand smoke and harassment or abuse of public healthcare workers

Parliamentary Questions filed by Mr Louis Ng on 3 to 7 July 2023 Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang asked the Minister for Manpower for each year in the past five years, how many employees have used the unpaid infant care leave provided under the Tripartite Standard on Unpaid Leave for Unexpected Care Needs. Response Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang asked the Minister for Home Affairs for each year in the past five years, of the number of cases of harassment or abuse of public healthcare workers while on duty that were reported to the Police,....

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