LO Speech: Healthier SG White Paper – A place for TCM and Alternative Medicine?

Introduction Sir, the WP MPs have raised points which cover the main prongs of the Healthier SG White Paper. These include concerns on capitation funding, manpower issues across the healthcare landscape and the future evolution of the family medicine ecosystem as envisaged, amongst others points. The upcoming changes to the healthcare system underwritten by theContinue reading “LO Speech: Healthier SG White Paper – A place for TCM and Alternative Medicine?”

Members’ Forum 2022: SG’s Speech – Party Discipline

(Abridged Version) Party Chair, CEC members and fellow members of the Workers’ Party – I am delighted to be able to speak with you this morning. In my address to Party cadre members on the 27th of December 2020, about six months after the General Election 2020, I had warned that having made some politicalContinue reading “Members’ Forum 2022: SG’s Speech – Party Discipline”

LO Speech at Youth Wing Engagement Session – 3 Sep 2022

President Workers’ Party Youth Wing Nicole Seah, colleagues and friends, Thank you for coming to the Workers’ Party HQ this afternoon for this engagement session organized by the Youth Wing. I recall my own association with the Youth Wing some 12-odd years ago and fondly remember some events we tried to organise. One idea weContinue reading “LO Speech at Youth Wing Engagement Session – 3 Sep 2022”

Commentary: Death penalty for drug trafficking should stay, but certain aspects of drug law can be improved

The death penalty for drug traffickers in Singapore has once again come to the forefront of public discourse, especially online and in the international press. Locally, the range of views are not particularly varied, but arguably both narrow and binary — Singaporeans tend to be either for or against the death penalty. Additional questions likeContinue reading “Commentary: Death penalty for drug trafficking should stay, but certain aspects of drug law can be improved”

NUS Top Guns Forum 2022: Towards our Shared Future – Effective & Constructive Politics

Good evening everyone. Today, I will speak about a key issue in achieving effective and constructive politics. Namely, how to find Singaporeans who are prepared to undertake public service through opposition politics – to have them join as party members, and perhaps even stand as candidates. It is critical that people step up and joinContinue reading “NUS Top Guns Forum 2022: Towards our Shared Future – Effective & Constructive Politics”

Response to the Government’s ‘Charting Our New Way Forward Together’ Budget 2022

Introduction Mr Speaker, what caught my attention about the Budget speech was the Minister for Finance’s characterisation of the Budget as a first step to renew and strengthen Singapore’s social compact towards a fairer, more sustainable and more inclusive society. The Workers’ Party agrees with this important direction in pathfinding the way forward for ourContinue reading “Response to the Government’s ‘Charting Our New Way Forward Together’ Budget 2022”

Speech at the Young Presidents’ Organisation – Singapore Chapter

Members of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and distinguished guests, Thank you for this kind invitation to speak at your event.​Introduction COVID-19 has been the overriding the event of these times, overshadowing almost every facet of our lives. We have seen it wrack havoc against the backdrop of troubling events played out in public and onlineContinue reading “Speech at the Young Presidents’ Organisation – Singapore Chapter”

Speech on PSP and PAP Motions: Foreign Talent Policy & Securing Singaporeans’ Jobs and Livelihoods

Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak on both motions – the first filed by PSP NCMPs Mr. Leong Mun Wai and Ms. Hazel Poa on 31 Aug last month, and the second filed by the Minister of Finance, Mr Lawrence Wong on the 8th of September. At their core, both motions concern the employability ofContinue reading “Speech on PSP and PAP Motions: Foreign Talent Policy & Securing Singaporeans’ Jobs and Livelihoods”

Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Speaker Series

Business’ as the Bulwark against Xenophobia and Nativism Mr Per Magnusson, Chairman, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, and all present. Good morning and thank you for your kind invitation. I am honoured to be part of your Distinguished Speaker Series.​ Introduction I will speak today on the forces of xenophobia and nativism that are presentContinue reading “Singapore International Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Speaker Series”

LO on the Ethnic Integration Policy

LO on the Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) Debate: 5 July 2021 The Minister for National Development (Mr Desmond Lee): Mr Speaker, with your permission, may I take Question Nos 13 and 14 together? Mr Speaker: Yes, please. Mr Desmond Lee: Thank you, Sir. I thank the Members for their questions on the Ethnic Integration Policy, orContinue reading “LO on the Ethnic Integration Policy”