Latest speeches by Workers’ Party
Members of Parliament in 13th Parliament

  • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill – Speech by Faisal Manap
    13thParliament, Faisal Manap, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 15 January 2019) Tuan, Rang Undang-Undang Pindaan Penyalahgunaan Dadah yang diusulkan ini bertujuan untuk memperkukuhkan lagi usaha-usaha pencegahan, pembasmian dan pemulihan agar usaha-usaha yang sedia ada dalam menangani gejala penyalahgunaan dadah ini akan lebih efektif secara keseluruhannya. Saya ingin memberi beberapa pandangan dan cadangan terhadap rang undang-undang...
  • Putting Commuters First in Public Transportation - Adjournment Motion by Dennis Tan Lip Fong
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018, transport
    (Delivered in Parliament on 15 January 2019) A good public transportation system is critical to Singapore Mr Deputy Speaker sir, a good public transportation system is critical to our city, people and economy. With 13 straight years of ridership expansion, Singaporeans are highly dependent on this public good. The Government’s drive...
  • Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill – Speech by Pritam Singh
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, pritam singh
    (Delivered in Parliament on 15 January 2019) Calibrated Rehabilitation: Giving repeat drug addicts a better way out Mr Speaker, the proposed amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Act represent an important philosophical shift to some aspects of the fight against drugs, while reinforcing the uncompromising stance against drugs in Singapore. Almost 20...
  • Merchant Shipping (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill – Speech by Dennis Tan Lip Fong
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 14 January 2019) I declare my interest as a shipping lawyer in private practice. Mr Deputy Speaker sir, this Amendment Bill is a significant bill to the maritime community in Singapore. It involves three major IMO conventions and at least two major areas in maritime law: namely...
  • Payment Services Bill - Speech by Leon Perera
    13thParliament, Leon Perera, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 14 January 2019) Mr Speaker sir, the MAS currently regulates the various types of payment services under two acts - the Payment Systems (Oversight) Act, and the Money-Changing and Remittance Businesses Act. The Payments Service Bill that is now up for second reading is an attempt...
  • Currency (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Chen Show Mao
    13thParliament, chen show mao, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 14 January 2019) 副议长先生, 新加坡货币法规定,对于面值小于新元五毛的硬币,一次使用的合法计价上限为2新元;对于面值新元五毛的硬币,上限10新元;对于面值1新元的硬币,没有限制。 今天我们修改法律,规定所有的新元硬币,无论面值,一次使用的合法上限为二十枚。当然在交易双方同意的情况下,要多少都可以。没有限制。 我认为这些具体的修改都还合理,在实际运作上不会造成特别的困扰。今天我想强调的,更广泛的,是我们在”无现金化”的大潮流下,应该容许/多种支付结算方式继续共存,包括实体现金,像纸钞,像硬币。允许公众自由选择适合自己的付款方式。 不久前总理在国庆群众大会上大力提倡无现金社会,本地电子付费业务也正在蓬勃成长。瑞银研究报告不久前指出,亚洲不少国家正在推行无现金化的政策,包括:印度政府强制废除了500卢比和1000卢比纸币。韩国中央银行计画在明年后将不再铸造硬币。 副议长先生, 科技的发展提升了金融服务的覆盖面,但也会拉大弱势群体与主流社会的差距。弱势群体缺乏数字技术方面的知识与技能,我们需要关注这“数字鸿沟”问题。举个例子:大多数老年人习惯于使用硬币纸钞进行交易,又不熟悉电子付费的各种新技术及设备。“无现金”社会对他们来说,往往意味着更多的困扰而非便利。加强对弱势群体的教育与培训,像刚才部长提到的,政府部门要提供更多服务,强化数字技术知识与技能的推广及普及。 据英国广播公司报道,瑞典将成为世界上第一个“完全无现金社会”。可是近年来,瑞典人越来越担心全面取消现金支付的选择,会给老年人和其他弱势群体带来困扰。例如,绝大多数银行早已停止客户柜面提款的业务,在商店里也无法以实体现金进行交易。 除此以外,尤其是在当下开放式的网络环境和分布式的系统部署之下,电子付费的普及也会带来其它的风险。用户的特征、消费行为、习惯偏好被收集被挖掘,个人隐私将更难以保护。此外对国家、社会、整个金融系统而言,大量数据集中被掌握在少数私人企业及政府部门手中,将增加威胁金融稳定与经济安全的风险。 当然,去硬币、去纸钞、去现金化,有它明显的优点。我们应该继续倡导推广无现金社会的理念。但我希望我们建设的无现金社会也将是个有包容性、有选择的社会。 我认为,在可见的未来,多种支付结算方式应该继续共存。一方面要加大知识普及,加强宣传推广非现金支付结算方式;另一方面,继续允许公众自由选择适合自己的支付结算方式,包括实体现金的使用。
  • Currency (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Sylvia Lim
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, sylvia lim
    (Delivered in Parliament on 14 January 2019) There are two changes brought about by this Bill, first, relating to the legal tender of coins, and secondly, to prepare for the introduction of intelligent banknote neutralisation systems (IBNS). On the first change regarding the legal tender of coins, Section 13 of the...
  • Employment (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Daniel Goh
    13thParliament, daniel goh, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 20 November 2018) Mr Deputy Speaker Sir, this Employment (Amendment) Bill has not failed expectations and should be acknowledged for extending protection to all workers except public servants and domestic workers by removing the salary cap of $4,500 a month. With this change, all professionals, managers...
  • Employment (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 20 November 2018) Mr Deputy Speaker sir, I declare my interest as a lawyer who also advises on employment law matters and disputes in my practice. PMETs to be included in the Act It is good news that under this Bill, PMETs earning more than $4500 a month...
  • Parliamentary Q&A for October 2018 Sittings
    13thParliament, daniel goh, Dennis Tan, Faisal Manap, Leon Perera, low thia khiang, Parliament2018, Parliamentary Questions, pritam singh
    IMPROVING LEVEL OF SOUND-PROOFING OF HDB BTO FLATS Dennis Tan asked whether the level of sound-proofing in our HDB BTO flats has declined with the more recent building designs. Lawrence Wong replied that changes in building design do not reduce the level of sound-proofing in the flats. It is important that...
  • Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Sylvia Lim
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, sylvia lim
    (Delivered in Parliament on 2 October 2018) Clause 5 of this Bill proposes to add a new Part IIIA to the Environmental Public Health Act, to make it mandatory for designated areas to install and use a Pneumatic Waste Conveyance System (PWCS). The PWCS has the potential of improving the efficiency...
  • Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Chen Show Mao
    13thParliament, chen show mao, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 2 October 2018) Sir, This bill before us provides, among other things, for an enhancement to the progressive wage model as applied to workers in the cleaning sector. A licensed cleaning business will now be required to pay an annual bonus, on top of wages, to its...
  • Income Tax (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Chen Show Mao
    13thParliament, chen show mao, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 2 October 2018) Sir, wish to return to the implications for gig economy workers in the income tax amendment bill before us today. To begin, I wish to express my appreciation that the Ministry of Finance has been responsive to public feedback to simplify and increase the...
  • Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Leon Perera
    13thParliament, Leon Perera, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 1 October 2018) Mr Speaker sir, the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill makes various changes to the administration of the various processes related to Parliamentary Elections such as nominations, polling and counting. I do not oppose the Bill and I concur with the various points made by...
  • Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Png Eng Huat
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, png eng huat
    (Delivered in Parliament on 1 October 2018) Mr Speaker, it is hard for anyone to believe that in this modern age, we still cannot have a clear definition of what constitutes a valid vote in an election. I have seen a ballot paper with a faint squiggly cross marked inside the...
  • Variable Capital Companies Bill - Speech by Leon Perrera
    13thParliament, Leon Perera, Parliament2018
    Mr Speaker sir, the Variable Capital Companies Bill aims to create another option for fund managers for structuring investment funds, besides traditional entity models such as unit trusts and investment companies. In so doing, it aims to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as a fund management hub. For example, a...
  • Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 1 October 2018) Mr Speaker, I agree with what my colleagues, Mr Png Eng Huat and Leon Perera, have said in their speeches. I just have a few clarifications. Clause 7 Clause 7 amends Section 37 to remove the prescription on the types of information to be included...
  • Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Bill - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 1 October 2018) Mr Speaker, I support the consolidation into one single piece of legislation existing separate statutes pertaining to personal and corporate insolvency laws and the laws to debt restructuring. I hope this will allow a more unified approach to be taken by the courts,...
  • Land Transport (Enforcement Measures) Bill - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 September 2018) Mr Speaker, earlier this year, an elderly gentleman by the name of Mr Wu Kher said to me that our regime for safe cycling has declined, pointing to the fact that in the earlier years, it was mandatory for bicycle owners to register...
  • Companies (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 6 August 2018) I declare my interest as a shipping lawyer. Mr Speaker, the main thrust of today’s Companies Amendment Bill provides that a shipowner’s lien for bill of lading freight, sub-freights, sub-hires or for any amount due under any charter, no longer requires registration under Section...
  • Transport Safety Investigations Bill - Speech by Sylvia Lim
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, sylvia lim
    (Delivered in Parliament on 6 August 2018) This Bill tasks the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) with the mission of investigating incidents relating to aviation, marine, rail and public transport with a view to enhancing transport safety and preventing accidents or the recurrence of accidents.  This mission will improve public...
  • Parliamentary Q&A for July 2018 Sittings
    13thParliament, daniel goh, Dennis Tan, Faisal Manap, Leon Perera, low thia khiang, Parliament2018, Parliamentary Questions, png eng huat, pritam singh, sylvia lim
    FOREIGN MANPOWER REQUEST FOR COMPANIES Dennis Tan asked about the number of companies which have had their foreign manpower requests approved despite not meeting the minimum salary or quota requirements. Josephine Teo replied that in the past five years, an average of 400 enterprises were provided with enterprise-level flexibility at any...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Leon Perera
    13thParliament, Leon Perera, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) Mr Speaker sir, CareShield Life represents an extension and qualitative shift in the old Eldercare scheme, towards life-long care and protection using the principle of universal, mandatory risk pooling to lower costs to everyone. Any one of us may be stricken with disability...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Pritam Singh
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, pritam singh
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) Mr Speaker, I would like to acknowledge the contribution and work of the Eldershield Review Committee under the Chairmanship of Mr Chaly Mah into framing a new long-term care plan for Singaporeans. The current Eldershield scheme has seen around 40% of eligible Singaporeans...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Png Eng Huat
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, png eng huat
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) The 2018 review of ElderShield is timely for our ageing society. At the launch of the scheme in 2002, more than a third of eligible Singaporeans and Permanent Residents aged 40 to 69 years opted out of the scheme. For some reason, the...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Daniel Goh
    13thParliament, daniel goh, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) Mr Speaker Sir, the aims of the Government in designing CareShield Life to be inclusive, affordable, and sustainable are ambitious and impossible to disagree with. But I am concerned that the three aims make up an impossible trinity. This is what economists would...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Chen Show Mao
    13thParliament, chen show mao, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) The Review Committee’s recommendations are a step in the right direction for long-term care support: they embrace the principle of risk pooling to address the growing needs of long-term care for those Singaporeans who, whether through age, illness or circumstance, become severely disabled. The...
  • Debate on CareShield Life - Speech by Sylvia Lim
    13thParliament, Parliament2018, sylvia lim
    (Delivered in Parliament on 10 July 2018) As many Singaporean families can attest, financing of long-term care is costly. This is unlike hospitalization for emergencies or acute conditions, requiring a person to be in the hospital for a relatively short period of time. Once the acute stage has passed, a...
  • Singapore Tourism (Cess Collection) Amendment Bill - Speech by Daniel Goh
    13thParliament, daniel goh, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 9 July 2018) Mr Speaker Sir, tourism is a major industry that has not only knock-off effects for local businesses, but also for our city branding and international reputation. We have done well in many aspects, especially in urban and heritage conservation to make Singapore a...
  • Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Bill - Speech by Dennis Tan
    13thParliament, Dennis Tan, Parliament2018
    (Delivered in Parliament on 9 July 2018) The Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Bill seeks to introduce new laws dealing with unruly passengers onboard aircraft, arising from the Montreal Protocol of 2014 to the Tokyo Convention. The incidents of unruly passengers onboard aircraft continue to be an important concern in the industry. As...