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Budget 2015 Speech – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Mar 2015] Madam Speaker, I welcome the initiatives outlined in Budget 2015 to support and invest in the development of Singaporeans, young and old, and to help working class Singaporeans save more for retirement. It is also fundamental that the government has recognized that beyond the safety net offered by the Public Assistance Scheme... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – MP Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Muhamad Faisal bin Abdul Manap [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Mar 2015] Puan, Belanjawan 2015, pada pandangan saya, membawa mesej perubahan pada pendekatan pemerintah dalam usaha untuk memperbaiki dan mendatangkan manfaat kepada rakyat Singapura. Dapat dihayati bahawa pendekatan pemerintah pada belanjawan kali ini lebih cenderung kepada pendekatan hala kiri atau pendekatan yang... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Mar 2015] Madam Speaker, A major theme of this year’s Budget revolves around preparing Singapore and Singaporeans for the future. The two aspects of the Budget that are the focus of my speech are SkillsFuture and more briefly, the inclusion of Temasek in the Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework. On both fronts, the government has... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Mar 2015] Madam Speaker, I will cover two aspects of the Budget in my speech. First is on developing our local companies. Next, I will touch on developing our people for this new economy. I wish to declare that I own and operate local companies classified as SME. Developing Local Companies I have spoken various times in this House... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – MP Chen Show Mao

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Chen Show Mao [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Mar 2015] 议长女士, 副总理兼财政部长在发表财政预算声明时说,政府将透过公积金制度和乐龄补贴计划,进一步强化退休储蓄和入息。 就预算案称为我国社会安全体系四大支柱之一的公积金制度,我们有以下的建议。 工人党主张提取公积金的年龄和退休年龄应该脱钩。就这点工人党后港单选区国会议员方荣发先生去年在国会里已提过。我们主张這两个年龄应该脱钩,我们希望更多新加坡人在法定退休年龄前,透过对自己多年來儲蓄的分配,包括累积在公积金账户里储蓄的分配,能够有所选择,考虑在法定退休年龄前是否提前改做一份待遇较低的工作,或许比较轻松,或许对个人来说更有意义的一份工作。 工人党建议将提取公积金的年龄降低到六十岁,并允许新加坡人延迟领取公积金每个月的配息:每延迟一年,每个月能领取的配息则增加几个百分点,一直到七十岁为止。 议长女士, 预算案里的乐龄补贴计划反映了一个具包容性社会应该有的价值观。 帮助退休后需要援助的长者是应该的,它反映我们彼此的关怀,加强社会的凝聚力,也弘扬我国各民族敬老的传统美德。 在乐龄补贴计划下,政府将从明年起,每三个月分发300至750元现金给低收入、低储蓄、年纪在65岁以上的国人。计划主要是援助全国最低收入的百分之20的年长国人,政府将考虑长者的住屋类型,终身收入及儿女奉养的情况以来评估受惠者资格,... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Mar 2015] Mdm Speaker, The DPM and Finance Minister has laid out the key thrusts for the Government in his Budget statement. My speech will focus on retirement adequacy and the CPF scheme in particular. Th CPF scheme has a long history in Singapore that pre-dates our independence. The Central Provident Fund Bill was introduced by the... [Read more]

Budget 2015 Speech – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Mar 2015] Social Solidarity @ SG50? A Work in Progress As I listened to the Deputy Prime Minister deliver Budget 2015, I noted some difference in tone and approach from the past. From a traditional stance of emphasizing individual responsibility and treating cross-subsidies with disdain, we see the language of “collective responsibility”,... [Read more]

Debate on the Auditor-General’s Report on the Audit of AHPETC – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 13 Feb 2015] Introduction Madam Speaker, in Minister Khaw Boon Wan’s letter to Minister of Finance dated 18 Feb 2014, the Minister highlighted four issues in particular that he felt were not addressed by the Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (hereafter referred to as AHPETC or TC).  This lead to his request to the Minister... [Read more]

Debate on the Auditor-General’s Report on the Audit of AHPETC – MP Lee Li Lian

By MP for Punggol East SMC, Lee Li Lian [Delivered in Parliament on 13 Feb 2015] Madam, I reiterate what my fellow party colleagues had all said before me, that is, the TC acknowledges that there are areas for improvements which were highlighted by the audit. Going forward, we are committed to improve the processes and have indeed taken on some measures already. There are 2 parts to my speech. Part... [Read more]

Debate on the Auditor-General’s Report on the Audit of AHPETC – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 13 Feb 2015] Madam Speaker, we all know what the Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) is known for and the values they represent. In every report that came out of AGO since time immemorial, entities under its scrutiny had to go through a baptism of fire whenever the AGO came knocking. I have full respect for their work. Over the years, the... [Read more]