WP’s Parliamentary Questions (15 Sep 2010)

Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim is to query Ministers on YOG expenditure, anti-speculation measures for properties, non-Singaporeans working as security officers and about persons connected to Yong Vui Kong.

Workers’ Party chairman and NCMP Sylvia Lim will ask the following questions in Parliament on 15 September 2010:

1. To ask Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports:

(a) why is the final budget for the Youth Olympic Games more than triple the original estimate;

(b) where were the additional funds drawn from;

(c) whether any of his Ministry programmes were cut back for this purpose; and

(d) what was the amount paid for the tickets purchased by the Ministry of Education and whether this was also part of the YOG budget.

2. To ask the Minister for National Development:

(a) if he will explain the basis on which the new anti-speculation measures announced on 30 August 2010 were devised; and

(b) whether any assessment was done on their impact on genuine home buyers and Singaporean investors.

3. To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs:

(a) what is the proportion of licences that are issued to non-Singapore citizens to work as security officers; and

(b) what proportion of licensees are not working in that industry.

4. To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs whether the Government has detained under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act any person believed to have been organising drug trafficking activities which involved Yong Vui Kong, an inmate on death row.

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

3 thoughts on “WP’s Parliamentary Questions (15 Sep 2010)”

  1. Hi Gerald,

    Perhaps the WP should ask this as well.

    Interestingly just a few months ago, didn’t SM/MM/PM state that the governemnt can’t control HDB resale prices due to willing buyer willing seller ??

    While it is true in the short term – gov policies definitely affect long term price trend by tweaking the supply (new flats) and demand (new PRs, eligibility criteria).

    And if new flats are pegged to market value (generally 80% of resale flats in the same area) – is it true that the gov also cannot control new flats or chose not to control till a certain price target is reached while waiting for the next jump ?? (like for our population figure)

    How short are our memory….

    2. To ask the Minister for National Development:

    (a) if he will explain the basis on which the new anti-speculation measures announced on 30 August 2010 were devised; and
    (b) whether any assessment was done on their impact on genuine home buyers and Singaporean investors.

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