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  • Info-communications Media Development Authority Bill – Speech by Png Eng Huat

    (Delivered in Parliament on 16 August 2016) Madam Speaker, the Digital Age has certainly arrived.   The convergence of infocomm and media sectors in the digital realm has transformed the way we live, interact, learn, teach, travel, shop, and more. When I first dabbled in digital technology more than a quarter century ago, I would have

  • Government Technology Agency Bill – Speech by Leon Perera

    (Delivered in Parliament on 16 August 2016) Madam Speaker the creation of the Government Technology Agency or GOVTECH marks the turning of a page in the evolution of Singapore’s IT infrastructure. The new GOVTECH will and I quote from the bill, “undertake the procurement of infocomm technology and related engineering goods for the public sector…”

  • Employment Claims Bill – Speech by Daniel Goh

    (Delivered in Parliament on 16 August 2016) Madam Speaker, the setting up of the Employment Claims Tribunal is long overdue. This bill is a welcome relief for workers. I am sure there will be many refinements down the road to ensure that workers get paid their rightful salaries. For now I have a few issues

Recent News

  • Prompt Public Notification of Zika Cases Important
    News, press release
    The Workers' Party notes with concern the confirmation of 41 cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection. We express our solidarity with all persons affected by the Zika virus and we wish all patients a speedy recovery. Prompt public notification of Zika cases is important so that members of the...
  • Statement on the Debate in Parliament on the Administration of Justice (Protection) Act
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party believes that Parliament has an important role to play in scrutinising and improving laws in their draft form. This process is key to a functioning parliamentary democracy. We are glad to have had the opportunity to debate the Administration of Justice (Protection) Bill in some detail, and...
  • 5.1 Places To Cherish This National Day Before They're Gone For Good
    Although our urban landscape is ever-changing, along the way, we find that the spaces we live, play and work in help shape our identity as Singaporeans. As we celebrate 51 years of Independence, here's a look at a few of the places we're already missing this National Day. 1. ROCHOR...
  • Get to the root cause of systemic lapses flagged by AGO
    News, press release
    The Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) has highlighted multiple lapses in public sector spending and governance totalling tens of millions of dollars. The Workers’ Party (WP) believes these are matters of grave public concern and should be adequately addressed by the Government. Of particular concern are recurring lapses taking place under...
  • Feast On This @ Marine Parade GRC
    Food, glorious food, is definitely a quintessential part of the Singaporean DNA. We Singaporeans love our food and many of us will travel from one end of the island to another for the best Roti Prata or the most scrumptious Nasi Lemak. We embarked on a food trail in heritage-rich...
  • Workers' Party Media Statement on the new MRT Rail Financing Framework and Buyout of SMRT by Temasek
    Dennis Tan, News, transport
    The Workers' Party views the new rail financing framework for SMRT as a step in the right direction. It is a long overdue corrective to a major policy mistake. This move corrects the mistaken course taken by the government in the year 2000 when MRT operations were privatised, which created...
  • Recall of Defective Trains to China for Repair
    daniel goh, Dennis Tan, Faisal Manap, Leon Perera, News, pritam singh, transport
    The Workers’ Party is very concerned with the revelation of manufacturing defects in some of the trains used by the MRT, leading to 26 of these trains being shipped back to China for repair or replacement. Major issues affecting our public transport system should be discussed publicly. Five of The...
  • From Our Past Kampongs To Our Last – Hari Raya Through The Decades
      In modern day Singapore, on the occasion of Hari Raya, we often see our Malay friends decked out in colourful traditional outfits, visiting relatives amidst much feasting.  But how was Hari Raya celebrated in the past, when Malay kampongs were numerous and found in many parts of the...
  • The Workers' Party Expresses Condolences to the People of All Countries Recently Affected by Terror Attacks
    News, press release
    The Workers' Party expresses our condolences to the people and guests of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Yemen who have all recently been affected by the horror of terrorism. The recent escalation of these unacceptable hate crimes are an affront to our common humanity, regardless of...
  • The Workers' Party Wishes Everyone A Happy SAF Day
      The Workers’ Party wishes all Singaporeans, NSmen and active service men and women a very happy SAF Day. Although Singaporeans may hold different political perspectives out of uniform, SAF Day is a solemn reminder of our commitment to defend the sovereignty of Singapore and the Constitution as one united...
  • How to emerge a victorious foodie this Ramadan
    Craving for a few festive bites, yet tired of jostling with the crowd at the Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar? Head further east for the Tampines Ramadan Bazaar, and refer to our tips on how to navigate the bazaar like a champ. You are in for a visual and gastronomical...
  • The Workers' Party's Perspective on Brexit
    News, press release
    Brexit is not only about the United Kingdom and the European Union. It is a sobering reminder about the shortcomings and limits of globalisation, the scale of immigration, how quickly the poison of racism and xenophobia can shape the public discourse, the perceptions and prospects of locals losing good...
  • Office Bearers of The Workers’ Party for the Term of 2016 to 2018
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party (WP) held its first Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting on 7 June 2016 following the election of the CEC on 29 May 2016. The office bearers of the Workers’ Party elected for the term of 2016 to 2018 are as follows: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Vice-Chairman: Mr Muhamad...
  • Statement on "Cooling Off Day" Investigations
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party is concerned about the manner in which the current investigations into alleged violations of “Cooling Off Day” regulations are reportedly being conducted. We understand from the public record that other individuals or entities who were reported for similar violations in the past were not known to have...
  • The Workers' Party CEC Election 2016
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party held its Conference of Organisers on 29 May 2016. The Organising Members elected the following as Party Chairman and Secretary-General: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian (林瑞莲), 51 Secretary-General: Mr Low Thia Khiang (刘程强), 59 The following 12 members were elected to the Central Executive Council (CEC): Mr Chen Show Mao...
  • Why you should care about this change to the Law the Government just made: Government Proceedings Act
    justice, law, News
    For many Singaporeans, what goes on in Parliament can be a bit perplexing at times. With our jobs, studies and family keeping us busy, we might have precious little time to spare pondering over Parliamentary affairs. Nevertheless, it is worth understanding what goes on in Parliament, as its debates and...
  • The Workers' Party's Submission to the Constitutional Commission Secretariat on the Elected Presidency
    On 21 March 2016, the Workers' Party (WP) set out its position on the office of the Elected President (EP) and the current review. In its submission to the Constitutional Commission Secretariat, WP reiterated the call to abolish the office of the EP, which has been the party's position on the...
  • Deepest Condolences to the Families of the Two SMRT Workers
    The Workers' Party offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two SMRT maintenance workers, Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, who passed away in an accident earlier today. We are greatly saddened that the two workers had died in the line of duty. This accident tragically...
  • Celebrating CNY – Same Festival, Different Styles
    This Chinese New Year, we chatted up a pioneer generation Singaporean, an overseas graduate and a non-Chinese Singaporean on how they’ll be ushering in the Year of the Monkey. Cooking up a big CNY lunch to feed 30 66 year-old Mdm Diana Khoo certainly looks energetic for her age as...
  • Chinese New Year Survival Guide
    Abrand new year in the Chinese lunar calendar is upon us. As we usher in the Year of the Monkey with merrymaking and lots of good food, here are a few tips to help you tide through the busy celebratory days ahead.   1. For the hosts with the most to...
  • WP Files Motion on NCMP Seat Offered to Lee Li Lian
    The Workers' Party filed a Parliamentary motion on 15 January 2016 to have the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament seat offered to Ms Lee Li Lian be declared vacant and for Associate Professor Daniel Goh Pei Siong to take up the seat. The motion was filed by Mr Low Thia Khiang,...
  • The Workers' Party Condemns Jakarta Attacks
    The Workers' Party strongly condemns the deadly bomb attacks in Jakarta earlier today. We hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon and fully support the Singapore government's assistance to the Indonesian government. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to the...
  • Planting a Greener Aljunied-Hougang Town
    chen show mao, Faisal Manap, News
    Planting a Greener Aljunied-Hougang Town On a sunny Boxing Day morning, Workers’ Party parliamentarians were seen “working the ground”, literally, at a park in Aljunied-Hougang Town. On 26 December 2015, Aljunied GRC MPs, Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap, together with NCMPs Leon Perera and Dennis Tan,...
  • A Season of Goodwill - Paying It Forward this Christmas with the Workers' Party
    low thia khiang, News, png eng huat
    A Season of Goodwill - Paying It Forward this Christmas with the Workers' Party In this season of goodwill, the Workers’ Party celebrated Christmas with residents by giving back to the community. We bring you insights on the Hougang Constituency Education Trust (HCET) award ceremony and the WP Youth Wing’s Festive...
  • Gerald Giam Answering Media Queries on Expired Rail Assets
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc8s6f712TQ "Sleepers were designed to be replaced 15 to 25 years after the start of operations. If you count from 1987, which was when the MRT started, 15 years would be 2002, 25 years would be 2012. Sleepers are not expected to be completely replaced until the end of 2016. That...
  • WP calls for transparent plan to renew expired rail assets
    The Workers' Party calls on the government to do the following: 1. To ensure a proper rail assets renewal schedule is in place, to replace ageing rail assets before their end-of-life. 2. To introduce KPIs on the progress of maintenance and renewal of rail assets. 3. To update the public on the...
  • David Marshall and the Dawn of Meet-the-People Sessions in Singapore
    News, pritam singh
    David Marshall and the Dawn of Meet-the-People Sessions in Singapore The ties between the founder of the Workers' Party - David Marshall - and Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) in Singapore are inextricably linked. On the 20th anniversary of his passing, we look back on how the MPS came to be, and how...
  • 10 Ways to Pay It Forward This Christmas
    Christmas is a season of giving, and a time to share joy and happiness. Here are 10 ways you can pay it forward to spread some Yuletide cheer this holiday season. 1. Support a local children’s home This holiday season, do consider reaching out to those who live within our midst...
  • IRC report shows escalation and notification process was flawed and needs overhaul
    News, press release
    We thank the Review Committee for their hard work in producing a detailed and professional report. The report identifies gaps in the infection control procedures for Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) at SGH, as well as in the national system for notification, escalation and response. For example: blood specks infected with Hepatitis C...