COS 2021: Pre-school Places

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis (Sengkang): Chairman, I understand that by around 2025, 80% of pre-schoolers can have a place in a Government supported pre-school, up from about 50% in 2019. While the Government has increased the number of infant care and childcare places over the last five years, this is still woefully inadequate in townsContinue reading “COS 2021: Pre-school Places”

COS 2021: Availability of Rental Flats

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) currently enables couples or single parent families to rent from the Government while waiting for the completion of their BTO HDB flat. However demand often outstrips supply. Chairman, when I last checked on 24 February, PPHS applications have exceeded the number of flats availableContinue reading “COS 2021: Availability of Rental Flats”

COS 2021: Retention of HDB Flats for Divorcees under 35

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, divorce proceedings are unfortunately more common than we would like them to be in Singapore, and the ownership of HDB flats is likely to come up as an issue in many of them. Individuals from the marriage without children are only allowed to retain the flat if they meetContinue reading “COS 2021: Retention of HDB Flats for Divorcees under 35”

COS 2021: Urban Rejuvenation and Land Flexibility

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, for our limited land area, Singapore’s planning paradigm has been one of maximising the intensity of land use. COVID-19’s economic impact may mean a need to re-evaluate our planning policy. The Minister for National Development has likewise noted the same in an earlier statement, that while it remains toContinue reading “COS 2021: Urban Rejuvenation and Land Flexibility”

COS 2021: Green Plan 2030 Targets

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis (Sengkang): Madam, the Green Plan is an important step forward, not just for the environment but also for our overall social and economic health as a nation. I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the introduction of new initiatives such as the Enterprise Sustainability Programme, moving up Singapore’sContinue reading “COS 2021: Green Plan 2030 Targets”

COS 2021: Enhancing CPF Returns

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis (Sengkang): Chairman, CPF has been able to maintain its interest rates at 2.5% for Ordinary Accounts and 4% for Special MediSave and Retirement Accounts. The interest helps our CPF members to grow closer to their time and goals, which is to meet or exceed the minimum retirement sum. Now, even thoughContinue reading “COS 2021: Enhancing CPF Returns”

COS 2021: Flexible Work Arrangements

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: In 2019, about 85% of employers offered some form of formal or ad-hoc flexible work arrangement in the workplace. However, flexible work arrangements come in a spectrum and, clearly, the level of flexibility that was in place pre-COVID-19 is dramatically different from what you have seen in 2020 and today, withContinue reading “COS 2021: Flexible Work Arrangements”

COS 2021: Childcare and Parental Care Leave

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Mr Chairman, while eligible working parents of Singapore citizen children are entitled to six days of paid childcare leave a year, this only applies to children below the age of seven. Parents whose youngest child is between seven and 12 are only eligible for two days of extended childcare leave aContinue reading “COS 2021: Childcare and Parental Care Leave”

COS 2021: Own-account Workers’ Welfare

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Mr Chairman, based on the MOM’s latest 2020 labour statistics, own-account workers, defined as persons who operate their own business or trade without employing any workers – this includes taxi drivers, property agents, tour guides, freelance artists – account for 9.7% of the total workforce, or 228,000 workers, up from 8.8% inContinue reading “COS 2021: Own-account Workers’ Welfare”

COS 2021: Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty Remission for Married Couples

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis (Sengkang): Chairman, with a 9% increase in private residential volumes in 2020 despite the absence of foreign buyers and despite COVID-19, the Singaporean aspirations of upgrading from public to private property is stronger than ever. Aspirations for better housing is particularly pertinent for residents aged 35 and below, with 73% aspiringContinue reading “COS 2021: Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty Remission for Married Couples”