COS 2021: State of the Arts amidst COVID-19

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, COVID-19 has impacted the art sector profoundly. Many organisations and artists saw their income plummet due to the restrictions around live performances. Arts practitioners have felt the brunt of the pandemic and many have turned to other sources of income. Today, I shall touch on the uncertainty felt in theContinue reading “COS 2021: State of the Arts amidst COVID-19”

COS 2021: Impact of Children and Young Persons Act Amendments 2019

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): In 2019, the Ministry introduced four significant updates to the Children and Young Persons Act.  First, changes were made to enhance the safeguarding of abuse on neglected children; second, the rehabilitation and re-integration of youth offenders was strengthened; third, parents with difficulties managing their children were to apply for family guidanceContinue reading “COS 2021: Impact of Children and Young Persons Act Amendments 2019”

COS 2021: Litigants in Person

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, I beg to move. “That the total sum to be allocated for Head E of the Estimates be reduced by $100”. Our Constitution provides at Article 12 that all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law. Today, I wish to focus onContinue reading “COS 2021: Litigants in Person”

COS 2021: Entry of Approved Foreign Workers

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Sir, additional processes have been put in place for employers of foreign workers seeking entry or re-entry into Singapore. After getting MOM approval for the workers, there is now an additional requirement for employers to apply for slots for their entry into Singapore on specific dates. It was explained that thereContinue reading “COS 2021: Entry of Approved Foreign Workers”

COS 2021: Seniors Go Digital

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Seniors Go Digital was launched in May last year to help our seniors build digital capabilities. At the parliamentary debate last June, I stated my support for it, but was concerned about seniors who might not be able to make the digital leap. The Minister clarified that the idea was toContinue reading “COS 2021: Seniors Go Digital”

COS 2021: RSAF Aircraft Noise and Vibrations

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, the need for both diplomacy and deterrence is well understood by Singaporeans. The Workers’ Party believes in a strong defence. I have also personally served on MINDEF’s ACCORD Committee for seven years and found it very meaningful. Nonetheless, I believe Members of Parliament from both sides of the House haveContinue reading “COS 2021: RSAF Aircraft Noise and Vibrations”

COS 2021: Border Controls amidst COVID-19

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the closure of borders and limited travel between countries. This situation has disrupted the usual movement of foreigners into and out of Singapore. As far as entry is concerned, new requirements for quarantine, purpose of entry and staggering the daily numbers allowed in have been imposed.Continue reading “COS 2021: Border Controls amidst COVID-19”

COS 2021: Strengthening ASEAN

Ms Sylvia Lim: Despite the devastation from COVID-19 last year, ASEAN was able to adapt. For instance, at the ASEAN held on 15 November, the landmark Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP was signed. The signing of the RCEP serves to broaden and deepen ASEAN’s engagement with Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand. AtContinue reading “COS 2021: Strengthening ASEAN”


Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Sir, the competition to fight for precious vaccine supplies has already given rise to vaccine nationalism. In contrast, Singapore has endorsed the elevated stance that advocates for fair and equitable access for vaccines, or one of vaccine multilateralism. Vaccine multilateralism is simply pragmatically necessary if international borders are to reopen. ToContinue reading “COS 2021: COVAX”

COS 2021: Scams Involving Bank Customers

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, Sir, it has been heart-wrenching for us in this House to see our residents being scammed of their hard-earned monies. Many are elderly and have little avenue to earn money lost. As Singapore moves towards widespread adoption of digital payments, the risks are heightened. As the money scammed are usuallyContinue reading “COS 2021: Scams Involving Bank Customers”