COS 2022: Careline

Mr Pritam Singh: In 2016, MOH rolled out the senior support call centre service, Careline. It was targeted at seniors living alone who could enrol in the service and receive support, medication reminders and tele-befriending, if needed. The Minister for Health last year noted that Careline has supported around 10,000 seniors. I would like toContinue reading “COS 2022: Careline”

COS 2022: COVID-19-related Manpower Recruitment

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): In late June 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced plans to transition to COVID-19 endemicity. While the Minister for Health announced that we would be ready with 1,000 ICU beds, a figure that was subsequently clarified, it remained unclear what the plan was to ramp up ICU bed capacity without theContinue reading “COS 2022: COVID-19-related Manpower Recruitment”

COS 2022: Four alternate levers of revenue

The Chairman: Mr Pritam Singh, if you can keep it to a minute, so that we can have a minute’s response. Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): I will, Speaker. Thank you. I did not intend to rise, but I had to, after the Minister for Transport stood up and spoke of “intellectually rigorous”. I think heContinue reading “COS 2022: Four alternate levers of revenue”

COS 2022: Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): In January, the MSF announced an expansion of the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) as well as the Assistive Technology Fund (ATF). Amongst others, the existing schemes will be extended to support seniors and the disabled over a longer period of time and to cover a wider range of assistive devices.Continue reading “COS 2022: Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund”

COS 2022: Priority Schemes & Ethnic Integration Policy

Mr Pritam Singh: Thank you, Chair. I thank the Minister for responding to some of my cuts. Just a few clarifications. First on the priority schemes. I note that the current information provided by HDB does not detail whether the respective priority schemes have been fully allocated for a typical BTO exercise. And to thatContinue reading “COS 2022: Priority Schemes & Ethnic Integration Policy”

COS 2022: Ethnic Integration Policy Data

Mr Pritam Singh: In September last year, I asked the Minister for National Development a written Parliamentary Question for data for each of the respective five-yearly intervals from December 1990 to December 2020 to detail, amongst other things, the names of the EIP or Ethnic Integration Policy affected neighbourhoods where at least one EIP limit wasContinue reading “COS 2022: Ethnic Integration Policy Data”

COS 2022: Singles’ Eligibility Age for HDB Flats

Mr Pritam Singh: A single Singaporean has to be above 35 years of age to purchase a resale public housing flat or to apply for a Build-to-Order 2-room Flexi Flat. The Workers’ Party’s position is that the eligibility age for singles to buy a flat should be lowered to the age of 28. According to theContinue reading “COS 2022: Singles’ Eligibility Age for HDB Flats”

COS 2022: HDB Priority Schemes

Mr Pritam Singh: The HDB’s web page lists seven separate priority schemes to book a flat under the Build-To-Order (BTO) or Sales of Balance Flat exercises. My purpose in speaking on them today is to ask whether the HDB has explored whether the thresholds of these priority schemes remain fit for purpose, in light ofContinue reading “COS 2022: HDB Priority Schemes”

COS 2022: Prime Location Public Housing Scheme

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): The use of the word “lottery” to refer to the allocation of HDB flats in the online domain dates back to as far as 2003. The term “lottery effect” started coming into widespread use in 2015, after flats at The Pinnacle@Duxton reached their Minimum Occupation Period (MOP). This lottery effect was explicitlyContinue reading “COS 2022: Prime Location Public Housing Scheme”

COS 2022: Employment Pass Framework

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Thank you, Chairman. Just two questions. One really builds on the point that the Minister spoke about with regard to the support to build a strong Singapore Core, which is I think the substance of this initiative to review the EP qualifying criteria, exemplified by COMPASS. My question really picks off fromContinue reading “COS 2022: Employment Pass Framework”