Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Health (a) in the last six months, how many local nursing homes have not been able to maintain the required ratio of care staff to residents for (i) Category I (ii) Category II (iii) Category III and (iv) Category IV residents respectively; and (b) what are the Ministry’sContinue reading “DATA ON CARE STAFF TO RESIDENTS RATIO IN LOCAL NURSING HOMES”

Intermediate and Long-term Care

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): As Singapore’s population ages, the demand for intermediate and long-term care (ILTC) will continue to increase. A paper on the Future of Long-Term Care in Singapore by researchers from the LKY School of Public Policy, identified three main issues to tackle in this sector – manpower capabilities, infrastructure capacity and coordinationContinue reading “Intermediate and Long-term Care”

Improving Caregiver Support

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Caring for elderly parents is a heavy responsibility that many Singaporeans bear. And it can take a toll on their physical and mental health leading to burnout. Many caregivers are women or single adults who sacrifice their careers or personal lives to be caregivers. Our society must recognise caregivers’ challengesContinue reading “Improving Caregiver Support”

Assisted Living Options for Seniors

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): By 2030, almost one in three people in Singapore will need some form of eldercare service. However, Singapore’s limited assisted living options mean seniors have few choices beyond living unassisted at home, engaging a foreign domestic helper or moving into a nursing home. Nursing home residents in Singapore tend toContinue reading “Assisted Living Options for Seniors”

COMPASS Shortage Occupation List

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: The Shortage Occupation List (SOL) is one of the criteria in the COMPASS framework. MOM has said that the first SOL will be announced this month. It is expected to identify occupations requiring skills that are currently in shortage in the local workforce. Could the Minister share what occupations will beContinue reading “COMPASS Shortage Occupation List”

Workplace Discrimination against PwDs

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, about 78% of persons with disabilities (PwDs) have reported experiencing discrimination at the workplace, according to a survey last August by AWARE and Milieu Insight. Discrimination faced by PwDs can range from exploitation and denigration to stereotyping and displaying patronising attitudes towards them. The Government has announced its intentionContinue reading “Workplace Discrimination against PwDs”


 Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance with regard to the Ministry’s review on COVID-19 pandemic-related procurement and expenditure (a) what is the total value of expenditure made (i) without quotation estimates and (ii) with single quotations respectively; and (b) for each of these categories, what is the total amountContinue reading “ANALYSIS OF GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 PROCUREMENT AND EXPENDITURE”

Digitalisation for Seniors

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, digitalisation has taken off in a big way in Singapore. Unfortunately, this has also left many elderly and less tech-savvy citizens behind. What takes digital natives a few seconds to complete can be painfully difficult for some seniors. Many struggle to come up with strong passwords and have difficulty typing them.Continue reading “Digitalisation for Seniors”

Persons with Disabilities’ Access to SkillsFuture Programmes

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, I declare that I am an owner and director of a company that provides software for the administration of SkillsFuture-funded courses. Persons with disabilities (PwDs) need access to training and lifelong learning just as much as their able-bodied counterparts. However, they sometimes face access barriers to attending courses.Continue reading “Persons with Disabilities’ Access to SkillsFuture Programmes”


Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Education (a) whether the Ministry has plans to relocate schools other than Anglo-Chinese School (Primary) that are currently located in higher income neighbourhoods like Bukit Timah to the HDB heartlands; and (b) what are the Ministry’s consideration in deciding to relocate schools. Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the MinisterContinue reading “CONSIDERATIONS FOR CONVERTING SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLS TO CO-ED SCHOOLS AND FOR RELOCATING SCHOOLS”