The Workers’ Party in Parliament

Budget Debate 2016, Speeches and Cuts.

A compilation of all parliamentary speeches made by the
WP MPs during the Budget 2016 debate.

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Latest Parliamentary Speeches

  • Parliamentary Q&A for 9 May 2016 Sitting

    EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION Leon Perera queried enforcement powers for addressing discriminatory employment practices relating to personal attributes other than nationality. Teo Ser Luck said MOM investigates complaints about race, language, family status and works with TAFEP. MOM may revoke work pass privileges of employers who discriminate against age or maternity. Read the full exchange here.  

  • Parliamentary Q&A for 24 March 2016 Sitting

    USE OF CAREGIVERS TRAINING GRANT Daniel Goh asked how much specialised caregivers receive on average and whether the MOH will consider increasing the grant quantum for specialised caregivers. Gan Kim Yong replied that the average annual utilisation by these caregivers was $116 per grant recipient in FY2015 and there are currently no plans to increase

  • Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill – Speech by Sylvia Lim

    (Delivered in Parliament on 9 May 2016) I would like to seek some clarifications on the amendments being made to the Wills Act, the Government Proceedings Act and the Legal Profession Act. I declare that I am a lawyer with a practising certificate in force. Wills Act Clause 50 of the Bill will introduce a

Recent News

  • Office Bearers of The Workers’ Party for the Term of 2016 to 2018
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party (WP) held its first Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting on 7 June 2016 following the election of the CEC on 29 May 2016. The office bearers of the Workers’ Party elected for the term of 2016 to 2018 are as follows: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian Vice-Chairman: Mr Muhamad...
  • Statement on "Cooling Off Day" Investigations
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party is concerned about the manner in which the current investigations into alleged violations of “Cooling Off Day” regulations are reportedly being conducted. We understand from the public record that other individuals or entities who were reported for similar violations in the past were not known to have...
  • The Workers' Party CEC Election 2016
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party held its Conference of Organisers on 29 May 2016. The Organising Members elected the following as Party Chairman and Secretary-General: Chairman: Ms Sylvia Lim Swee Lian (林瑞莲), 51 Secretary-General: Mr Low Thia Khiang (刘程强), 59 The following 12 members were elected to the Central Executive Council (CEC): Mr Chen Show Mao...
  • Why you should care about this change to the Law the Government just made: Government Proceedings Act
    justice, law, News
    For many Singaporeans, what goes on in Parliament can be a bit perplexing at times. With our jobs, studies and family keeping us busy, we might have precious little time to spare pondering over Parliamentary affairs. Nevertheless, it is worth understanding what goes on in Parliament, as its debates and...
  • The Workers' Party's Submission to the Constitutional Commission Secretariat on the Elected Presidency
    On 21 March 2016, the Workers' Party (WP) set out its position on the office of the Elected President (EP) and the current review. In its submission to the Constitutional Commission Secretariat, WP reiterated the call to abolish the office of the EP, which has been the party's position on the...
  • Deepest Condolences to the Families of the Two SMRT Workers
    The Workers' Party offers our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the two SMRT maintenance workers, Nasrulhudin Najumudin and Muhammad Asyraf Ahmad Buhari, who passed away in an accident earlier today. We are greatly saddened that the two workers had died in the line of duty. This accident tragically...
  • Celebrating CNY – Same Festival, Different Styles
    This Chinese New Year, we chatted up a pioneer generation Singaporean, an overseas graduate and a non-Chinese Singaporean on how they’ll be ushering in the Year of the Monkey. Cooking up a big CNY lunch to feed 30 66 year-old Mdm Diana Khoo certainly looks energetic for her age as...
  • Chinese New Year Survival Guide
    Abrand new year in the Chinese lunar calendar is upon us. As we usher in the Year of the Monkey with merrymaking and lots of good food, here are a few tips to help you tide through the busy celebratory days ahead.   1. For the hosts with the most to...
  • WP Files Motion on NCMP Seat Offered to Lee Li Lian
    The Workers' Party filed a Parliamentary motion on 15 January 2016 to have the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament seat offered to Ms Lee Li Lian be declared vacant and for Associate Professor Daniel Goh Pei Siong to take up the seat. The motion was filed by Mr Low Thia Khiang,...
  • The Workers' Party Condemns Jakarta Attacks
    The Workers' Party strongly condemns the deadly bomb attacks in Jakarta earlier today. We hope the perpetrators will be brought to justice soon and fully support the Singapore government's assistance to the Indonesian government. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to the...
  • Planting a Greener Aljunied-Hougang Town
    chen show mao, Faisal Manap, News
    Planting a Greener Aljunied-Hougang Town On a sunny Boxing Day morning, Workers’ Party parliamentarians were seen “working the ground”, literally, at a park in Aljunied-Hougang Town. On 26 December 2015, Aljunied GRC MPs, Sylvia Lim, Chen Show Mao and Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap, together with NCMPs Leon Perera and Dennis Tan,...
  • A Season of Goodwill - Paying It Forward this Christmas with the Workers' Party
    low thia khiang, News, png eng huat
    A Season of Goodwill - Paying It Forward this Christmas with the Workers' Party In this season of goodwill, the Workers’ Party celebrated Christmas with residents by giving back to the community. We bring you insights on the Hougang Constituency Education Trust (HCET) award ceremony and the WP Youth Wing’s Festive...
  • Gerald Giam Answering Media Queries on Expired Rail Assets
    News "Sleepers were designed to be replaced 15 to 25 years after the start of operations. If you count from 1987, which was when the MRT started, 15 years would be 2002, 25 years would be 2012. Sleepers are not expected to be completely replaced until the end of 2016. That...
  • WP calls for transparent plan to renew expired rail assets
    The Workers' Party calls on the government to do the following: 1. To ensure a proper rail assets renewal schedule is in place, to replace ageing rail assets before their end-of-life. 2. To introduce KPIs on the progress of maintenance and renewal of rail assets. 3. To update the public on the...
  • David Marshall and the Dawn of Meet-the-People Sessions in Singapore
    News, pritam singh
    David Marshall and the Dawn of Meet-the-People Sessions in Singapore The ties between the founder of the Workers' Party - David Marshall - and Meet-the-People Sessions (MPS) in Singapore are inextricably linked. On the 20th anniversary of his passing, we look back on how the MPS came to be, and how...
  • 10 Ways to Pay It Forward This Christmas
    Christmas is a season of giving, and a time to share joy and happiness. Here are 10 ways you can pay it forward to spread some Yuletide cheer this holiday season. 1. Support a local children’s home This holiday season, do consider reaching out to those who live within our midst...
  • IRC report shows escalation and notification process was flawed and needs overhaul
    News, press release
    We thank the Review Committee for their hard work in producing a detailed and professional report. The report identifies gaps in the infection control procedures for Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) at SGH, as well as in the national system for notification, escalation and response. For example: blood specks infected with Hepatitis C...
  • Shedding Light on Lighting Lamps - How We Celebrate Deepavali
    News, pritam singh
    With Deepavali celebrations in Aljunied GRC just over and with preparations underway in Hougang SMC, we caught up with MP-elect Pritam Singh and WP grassroots activist Misra Ramakant to learn more about how they celebrate the Festival of Lights.   Pritam Singh MP-elect (Aljunied GRC) Do you celebrate Deepavali? Pritam: Yes I do, but...
  • The Workers' Party Condemns Paris Attacks
    The Workers' Party strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attacks in Paris, France last night. We stand in agreement with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that this is an attack on our shared humanity. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to the people...
  • 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Deepavali
    10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Deepavali The Workers’ Party wishes all Hindus a Happy Deepavali and many good returns! Deepavali, or Diwali as the Northern Indians call it, is also known as the Festival of Lights. This festival is celebrated by Hindus in Singapore. Marking the victory of good...
  • Happy 58th Birthday Workers' Party!
    Today is the 58th anniversary of the inauguration of the Worker's Party (WP). The WP was inaugurated on 3 November 1957 with the founding principles of merdeka (independence), parliamentary democracy, and socialism. Let's celebrate this joyous occasion by reflecting on these words of wisdom by the party's first chaiman, Singapore's...
  • NCMP-elect Leon Perera responds to queries on WP's call for a COI on the Hep C cluster
    "We do not feel that it is necessary or helpful to have a two-step process. We have had Committees of Inquiry in the past, for example the Little India riots and the MRT breakdowns and other previous committees where we have not had a non-COI committee to investigate and...
  • Set Up Committee to Address Persistent Perceptions of Racial Discrimination
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party welcomes the signing of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) on October 19, 2015 and its expected ratification in 2017. The Workers’ Party strongly believes in the aspirations laid out in the National Pledge, and Singaporeans should continually better...
  • Further Response to Ministry of Health's (MOH) Press Secretary
    News, press release
    We thank the MOH for its latest reply on this issue. All Singaporeans have a stake in an effective healthcare system. Everyone should feel confident that the risk of serious infection in our public healthcare facilities is at an absolute minimum. We note that both MOH statements on Sunday 25...
  • Response to Ministry of Health's (MOH) Press Secretary
    News, press release
    I would like to respond to the MOH reply to our earlier press statement today. We thank the MOH for their reply to our statement calling for a COI on the Hep C infection cluster at SGH. The last sentence of the MOH statement refers to "whatever allegations it (the Workers'...
    News, press release
    THE WORKERS’ PARTY CALLS FOR A COMMITTEE OF INQUIRY ON THE HEPATITIS C CLUSTER AT SGH The Workers’ Party welcomes the broadening of the remit of the independent review committee to include review of MOH’s procedures and actions. Drawing the right lessons from the outbreak of the Hepatitis C virus infections...
  • WP Queries Delay In Hep C Outbreak Announcement
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party extends its deepest condolences to the affected families and friends of the four patients who passed away since the outbreak of the Hepatitis C virus infections at the renal ward of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) that affected 22 patients.   It was reported SGH had been aware...
  • Three New Faces Join WP’s Leadership
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party has inducted three new members into its Central Executive Council (CEC). They are Mr Mohamed Fairoz Shariff, 36; Mr Foo Seck Guan, Kenneth, 38; and Mr Leon Perera, 45. This decision was made at the monthly meeting of the CEC on 6 October 2015, pursuant to Article...
  • Decisions by the Workers’ Party on NCMP positions
    News, press release
    The Workers’ Party’s Central Executive Council (CEC) met on 15 September 2015 to discuss the Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) seats offered to our candidates for General Election 2015. As six Workers’ Party candidates have been elected to Parliament in General Election 2015, the law allows for the three candidates...