Vaccine-related Injuries

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Sir, this cut is about the Vaccine Injury, Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19, or VIFAP. MOH has released information that as of 31 December 2022, 413 applications have received payments under VIFAP with nearly $1.9 million having been paid out. May I ask the Minister how many applications were made in total,Continue reading “Vaccine-related Injuries”

HDB Commercial Rules and Outdoor Display Areas Management

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Sir, HDB town centres are hive of activity, particularly on weekends. HDB retail shop fronts near commercial centres close to MRT stations and major infrastructure enjoy high footfall. The same cannot be said for all HDB retail shops, particularly those in smaller or more isolated HDB commercial areas. Over the last fewContinue reading “HDB Commercial Rules and Outdoor Display Areas Management”

Motorcycle COEs

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): A Bloomberg article late last year put it aptly. Singapore’s reputation as one of the world’s most expensive cities now extends to one of its cheapest modes of transportation: motorcycles. Many Singaporeans who earn wages at the lower deciles rely on motorcycles for transport, gig work or undertaking deliveries. In March lastContinue reading “Motorcycle COEs”

Workplace Health and Safety

Mr Pritam Singh: Sir, in January this year, the eighth Meeting of the International Advisory Panel on Workplace Safety and Health made its recommendations, which the Government accepted. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s press release states, “2022 saw a spate of workplace fatalities largely due to basic safety lapses, such as inadequate safety planning and controlContinue reading “Workplace Health and Safety”

A Singapore Core of Tradesmen and Women

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): In April last year, I asked the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry was looking into new strategies to improve the prospects of skilled trade jobs for Singaporeans such as licensed electricians and plumbers. It was a follow-up to my speech at the opening of Parliament this term. The Minister replied toContinue reading “A Singapore Core of Tradesmen and Women”

Hawker Food Options in CBD

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Sir, beyond grants and payouts which are certainly helpful, there are things which the Government can do to help Singaporeans on a daily long-term basis to reduce costs. One suggestion I have is the building of more hawker centres in the areas that a large number of Singaporeans work at. ForContinue reading “Hawker Food Options in CBD”

Archives for Legislative Use

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Thank you, Chairman. Sir, in the second half of last year, I wrote to the National Archives in Singapore to request two Government files, the challenge of attracting international talent and the evolution of the work pass framework. Both these documents were referred to by a writer in the bibliography of hisContinue reading “Archives for Legislative Use”

Singapore and US-China Relations

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Chairman, the Prime Minister’s National Day Rally last year outlined perhaps the most pessimistic assessment of US-China relations in recent memory. The Prime Minister was bleak and direct. US-China relations, which set the tone for global affairs, are worsening. Neither side expect relations to improve anytime soon and there is aContinue reading “Singapore and US-China Relations”

New Citizen Selection Criteria

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Chairman, new citizens are going to be even more important to the future of Singapore. With our total fertility rate at the historical low of 1.05, it will not be hyperbole to say new citizens are a critical pillar in the shape of any future Singapore.  In line with the Government’s ForwardContinue reading “New Citizen Selection Criteria”