Manpower Situation

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, in the last two years, there has been much press on the bad working conditions of junior doctors and nurses in the public healthcare system. There is also evidence, both anecdotal and from statistics, that Singapore is losing experienced healthcare practitioners to other countries and to private healthcare. One of theContinue reading “Manpower Situation”

Rental Housing

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman. During last month’s debates on HDB housing, it was acknowledged by MND that some families were not ready to buy HDB flats as they first needed to build up their finances. There are also other families who used to own flats, but due to disruptions such as divorce or business failure, ended up losing their homes. HDB rental housing isContinue reading “Rental Housing”

Road Tax for Electric Vehicles

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Madam, the current formula for road tax for EVs consists of two components. The first requires a computation based on car’s power rating.  7.00 pm The second is a figure to be added, called the additional annual fixed component (AAFC). The AAFC is fixed from this year as $700 per year. ThisContinue reading “Road Tax for Electric Vehicles”

Tackling Dengue

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Sir, after rising by six times year on year in 2022 to over 30,000 cases, dengue fever is expected to remain a serious health risk this year. NEA said in December that a rise in the high number of dengue cases at the end of the year could result in SingaporeContinue reading “Tackling Dengue”

Silver Industries

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Sir, across the world, we see exciting innovations catering to the needs and well-being of seniors. These range from technology to monitor health conditions at home, to senior-friendly food, to robotic pet dogs that keep lonely seniors mentally and emotionally engaged. Singapore is one of the most rapidly ageing societies inContinue reading “Silver Industries”

Relationship with Malaysia

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Chairman, I note the recent visit to Singapore by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The event marks a new chapter in relations across the Singapore Strait, one where our two countries can perhaps continue putting down some of the historical baggage accumulated over the years. I am heartenedContinue reading “Relationship with Malaysia”

Land Leases for Religious Purposes

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Madam, religious organisations need a place to operate from. Today, many organisations operate on land which is leased to them by the Government for 30 years and subject to renewal thereafter. I understand that some temples and churches find the sums charged for the issue and renewal of land leases toContinue reading “Land Leases for Religious Purposes”

Tenure of Supreme Court Judges

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Madam, I beg to move, “That the total sum allocated for Head E of the Estimates be reduced by $100.” Madam, the Government regularly emphasises that Singapore holds fast to the rule of law. One of the fundamentals of the rule of law is that the Government and Parliament should be subjectContinue reading “Tenure of Supreme Court Judges”

Voting Age

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied): Sir, I call for the lowering of the voting age from 21 to 18 years to empower younger Singaporeans to have a say at our National Elections. I first raised this 16 years ago during the Committee of Supply debates. I pointed out at that time that the majority of countriesContinue reading “Voting Age”