COS 2021: Toilet Improvement Programme

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Mdm Chair, the NEA’s newly-launched Toilet Improvement Programme (TIP) extends grants to Town Councils at an amount capped between $60,000 and $90,000. The grant seeks to raise the hygiene and cleaning standards of public toilets. A corollary aim of the TIP is to encourage the removal of smoking corners. For the grantContinue reading “COS 2021: Toilet Improvement Programme”

COS 2021: Work Injury Compensation Act for All Singaporean Workers

Mr Pritam Singh: Sir, Work Injury Compensation coverage has represented a form of worker protection that long predates even Singapore’s independence. It serves as a critical bulwark to protect workers against accidents, providing them important financial relief and some degree of protection in times of uncertainty and distress. Even so, the central role of platform workersContinue reading “COS 2021: Work Injury Compensation Act for All Singaporean Workers”

COS 2021: Progressive Wage Model for Lift and Escalator Sector

Mr Pritam Singh: Sir, the Progressive Wage Model for the lift and escalator sector was approved by the Government in 2018 after a tri-sector committee comprising of union representatives, the Government and lift companies made its recommendations. Arising from this agreement to raise the wages of Singaporeans and PRs in the lift and escalator sector,Continue reading “COS 2021: Progressive Wage Model for Lift and Escalator Sector”

COS 2021: Underpayment of Foreign Workers

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Chairman, the underpayment of foreign workers and Pass holders is not just a travesty against foreign workers; it sabotages Singaporean workers by undercutting their wage competitiveness. Unscrupulous employers take advantage of the significantly imbalanced negotiating position of foreign workers and coerce them to return a portion of their salaries in cash.Continue reading “COS 2021: Underpayment of Foreign Workers”

COS 2021: Far-right Extremism

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Chairman, following the announcement this year of the arrest of the 16-year-old radicalised Christian youth who plotted terror attacks at two mosques, it was important to hear the reassurances from the Minister of State for Home Affairs – that the authorities have taken increased steps to reach out to youth through socialContinue reading “COS 2021: Far-right Extremism”

COS 2021: Corruption in Singapore

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Mr Chairman, a Straits Times article in December last year provided a snapshot into the state of corruption in Singapore today. One of the opening lines was, and I quote, “Many people are heedless of the corruption that exists in squeaky clean Singapore, but graft remains prevalent.” Over the last three toContinue reading “COS 2021: Corruption in Singapore”