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Parliament: 5 things CPF members need to know about retirement payouts, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Manpower Minister Josephine Teo addressed several MPs’ questions in Parliament on Monday (Feb 18) on when Central Provident Fund (CPF) members can start receiving payouts from their retirement savings. She emphasised that there is no change in policy. They can choose to start their monthly payouts at 65 or defer payouts anytime between 65 and 70. Age 70 is the latest that you can defer payout. Below are five things members need to know about retirement payouts. This article was first published in The Straits Times. Permission required…

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Parliament: AVA intends to review regulations of pet industry, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) plans to do a comprehensive review of the regulations of the pet industry, including how best to regulate pet boarding businesses, said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for National Development Sun Xueling in Parliament on Wednesday (Feb 13). She noted that the AVA currently licenses pet shops and pet farms, some of which have commercial pet boarding facilities. Ms Sun was replying to Mr Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC) who had asked whether the National Development Ministry will license such “pet hotels” on top…

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Parliament: New agency will strengthen Singapore’s food security, says Masagos, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s new food regulator will ensure the country’s food security by further developing three national strategies to obtain food, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli. He set out the Singapore Food Agency’s (SFA) priorities in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 12) during the debate on a Bill that will pave the way for its formation on April 1 to oversee food safety and security. Stressing that food security is fundamental to Singapore’s national security, Mr Masagos said Singapore must not be overreliant on any single…

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Parliament: Proposed changes to Penal Code allow men to be considered rape victims, tackle revenge porn, Singapore News

Men can be considered victims of rape and peeping Toms, under a Bill introduced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11) that will amend the Penal Code. The proposed changes under the Criminal Law Reform Bill seek to expand the definitions of rape and sexual assault to make them more gender-neutral and accommodate more scenarios. There are also provisions to introduce new offences that specifically tackle the act of voyeurism. It has been proposed that the definition of rape be expanded to include non-consensual penetration of the anus or the mouth…

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Parliament: SAF must aim for zero fatality, says Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) goal of zero training fatalities “sears into the consciousness” of every commander and soldier the importance of training safely in peacetime and signals that safety lapses will not be tolerated, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen told Parliament on Monday (Feb 11). And while this target is a difficult one to attain – it was achieved in some years, and there is no guarantee that it can be done in others – the SAF still has to aim for it, he added. “Which mother,…

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Parliament: Bionix did not stop reversing in CFC Liu Kai incident despite repeated commands, says Ng Eng Hen, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Bionix armoured vehicle which collided into the Land Rover that Corporal First Class Liu Kai was driving, leading to his death, did not stop reversing despite repeated commands for its driver to do so, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11). In the Nov 3 accident, the Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle stopped only after it mounted the driver’s side of the Land Rover – about eight seconds after it started reversing, said Dr Ng. An independent Committee of Inquiry (COI), as well…

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Parliament: Minimum age for CPF payouts will remain at 65; priority is reviewing retirement, re-employment ages, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The minimum age to get monthly payouts from Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings will not be lowered for now as it was raised to 65 only last year, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Tuesday (Jan 15). Workers appear to be more concerned about being able to work longer and save more, she told Parliament, which is why her priority this year will be to build a new consensus between workers, employers and the Government on the retirement and re-employment ages. She was replying to Ms Lee Bee…

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Parliament: Authorities looking at adoption laws and surrogacy, do not support gay families, says Minister Desmond Lee, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The authorities are reviewing adoption laws, as well as looking into the issue of surrogacy, following a recent landmark case involving a gay father adopting his biological child who was conceived through a surrogate in the United States. Even so, Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee stressed the Government’s position on same-sex parenthood, saying it does not support the formation of families by gay parents. Mr Lee was responding to three MPs in Parliament on Monday (Jan 14). The trio – Mr Christopher de Souza (Holland-Bukit…

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Parliament: PMD-sharing services to enter Singapore next year, Singapore News

Personal Mobility Device (PMD) sharing could soon become a publicly available transport option. Starting January next year, operators offering PMD-sharing services will be allowed to apply for sandbox or limited licences to operate small fleets in Singapore. In parliament yesterday, Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Lam Pin Min said that while PMDs provide a convenient transport option and sharing services will allow Singaporeans more access to the devices, it is important that operators provide such options without causing the public inconvenience. Dr Lam added: “Drawing on the lessons…

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Parliament: Laws to protect workers’ rights expanded to cover all employees, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The law that protects workers’ rights has undergone a major transformation to include all private sector employees, a move that will entitle them to such rights as paid sick leave, mandatory annual leave of seven to 14 days, and protection against wrongful dismissal. This means the Employment Act (EA) will no longer have a salary cap of $4,500 a month. The move is among four categories of major changes Parliament approved on Tuesday (Nov 20) and will take effect in April next year. The others are: giving extra…

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