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Debate on Legal Profession (Amendment) Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] I declare my interest as a Singapore lawyer holding a practising certificate. The Bill makes rather drastic changes in the way the legal profession is organized and regulated.  While I am in general support of the Bill, I would like to seek clarifications on two areas. First, I understand that the Law Society had in April... [Read more]

Debate on the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill – MP Sylvia Lim

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] I will focus my speech on the amendments relating to the Supreme Court. These amendments appear innocuous, but in fact seriously impact some fundamental aspects of judicial power and judicial independence in Singapore. Our Westminster system of governance separates state power into three functional and sovereign domains –... [Read more]

Debate on Judges Renumeration (Amendment) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] Thank you Mr Deputy Speaker, I have one clarification on the Bill. With regard to the newly enacted clause 4(5), it states that no Judge has an absolute right to any gratuity upon retirement. This ostensibly means that the Government can determine which judge should or should not receive a gratuity. I understand Section... [Read more]

Debate on Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 4 Nov 2014] Workers’ Party opposes the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill  Madam Speaker, the Workers’ Party opposes the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Amendment) Bill. The Workers’ Party is uncomfortable about the appointment of short-term Senior Judges who can be re-appointed after... [Read more]

Debate on Prevention of Human Trafficking Bill – NCMP Gerald Giam

By Non-Constituency MP, Gerald Giam [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Nov 2014] Mr Deputy Speaker, Human trafficking is a gross human rights violation and a moral atrocity. According to International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are at least 2.4 million trafficked persons around the world at any given time, with 56% of these in the Asia-Pacific region.[1] Yet there are only a few thousand... [Read more]

Debate on Income Tax (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 3 Nov 2014] Madam Speaker, I wish to declare that I own and operate businesses which are subjected to the corporate components of the Income Tax Bill. This Bill covers a large number of changes. I will focus on some aspects related to the Productivity and Improvement Credits (PIC) Scheme and also to propose an item for the government... [Read more]

Debate on Education Endowment and Savings Schemes (Amendment) Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Extending learning programmes to those outside of mainstream schools Madam Speaker, I wish to declare that I run businesses that offer education services to students. This bill will ensure that all Singaporean citizens aged seven to 16 who are not enrolled in mainstream schools will now also receive the $200-$240 yearly Edusave... [Read more]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – NCMP Yee Jenn Jong

By Non-Constituency MP, Yee Jenn Jong [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] The Rise of Remote Gambling Madam Speaker, online gambling is increasingly becoming a problem, both globally and in Singapore. In 2013, a news article reported an online survey by the Ministry of Home Affairs which found that 3 in 10 out of 1,000 respondents had gambled online or through the mobile phone. The article estimated... [Read more]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – MP Pritam Singh

By MP for Aljunied GRC, Pritam Singh [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Introduction This Bill comes four years after the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee released a report on online gaming in Singapore in July 2010. The Law Reform paper noted that Singapore had begun to host gaming and gambling events with more frequency referring to the Betfair Asian Poker Tour, and through... [Read more]

Debate on Remote Gambling Bill – MP Png Eng Huat

By MP for Hougang SMC, Png Eng Huat [Delivered in Parliament on 7 Oct 2014] Madam Speaker. The internet age has certainly change the way we live, work, and play in every sense. It has brought on a new world into our homes and our daily lives everywhere we go. It has moved our work online. It has moved our friends online. It has even moved our addictions online. When problem gambling goes online, every... [Read more]