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”

Yale-NUS College Graduation Ceremony Speech 2021

Graduands, Parents, and the Yale-NUS community.​Thank you, President Tan Tai Yong and Yale-NUS, for your kind invitation to speak at your Graduation event.​To the Class of 2021, my heartiest congratulations on your graduation.​Some say that a person is at their peak at the age of 44. They are old enough to have gained some wisdomContinue reading “Yale-NUS College Graduation Ceremony Speech 2021”

Response to the Government’s Emerging Stronger Budget 2021

Introduction Mr Speaker, as in recent years, Budget 2021 reflects not just the Government’s priorities for this financial year, but the Government’s medium-term direction as well. In my view, many schemes in the Budget are a continuation of a strategic agenda laid out in previous years, or are jigsaw pieces of a longer-term plan fleshedContinue reading “Response to the Government’s Emerging Stronger Budget 2021”

COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)(Amendment) Bill on Investigatory Exceptions to TraceTogether

Mr Speaker, Sir, my speech is divided into three topics: First, I will talk about the Government’s error in not realising that section 20 of the Criminal Procedure Code applies to TraceTogether data. Second, I will speak on the carving out of the seven categories of offences in the Bill that permits the use ofContinue reading “COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)(Amendment) Bill on Investigatory Exceptions to TraceTogether”

Motion on Singapore’s Justice System

Mr Speaker, I rise in support of the Motion. Sir, Singaporeans pledge to build a democratic society based on justice and equality. I believe Ms Parti Liyani’s case has evoked such strong and widespread reactions because justice and equality are instinctive values that all Singaporeans believe in and cherish deeply. Ms Sylvia Lim’s Motion identifiesContinue reading “Motion on Singapore’s Justice System”