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Parliament: 43 measles cases in first four months of 2019; three-quarters were not vaccinated, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There were 43 measles cases in the first four months of this year, nearly three times the number seen during the same period last year, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (May 7). All were sporadic or had a limited spread and there was no community outbreak, he said, adding that the cases were a result of increased measles outbreaks around the world, as Singapore, being a travel hub, is more exposed to imported cases. Speaking in Parliament, he noted: “In recent years, there has been…

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Parliament: 16 cases of Candida auris in private and public hospitals since 2012, no report of local spread, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A total of 16 cases of Candida auris infections were reported in both private and public hospitals in Singapore since 2012, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Monday (May 6). In a written reply to two Parliamentary questions, Mr Gan said investigations showed that the cases were not linked and there has not been any report of the drug-resistant fungus being spread locally. Last month, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that there were 11 isolated cases in public hospitals. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), referring to the emergence…

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Parliament: No ‘free passes’ for sexual misconduct offenders, says Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Whether the perpetrators in sexual misconduct cases are university students or anyone else, there are no “free passes” for them, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam. Speaking in Parliament on Monday (May 6), he said the police take a balanced approach to such cases. “Some have been prosecuted. Depending on facts, others have been give a second chance. There are no ‘free passes’ for university students, or for anyone else,” he added. Mr Shanmugam also explained how the police and Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) approach such cases,…

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Parliament: In public interest for police to reveal past offences of driver who filmed PM Lee’s son Li Yipeng, says Shanmugam, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Police had stated the criminal record of the driver who filmed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s son after picking him up, because it was in public interest to give a fuller explanation and background as to why they were investigating the matter, Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam said on Monday (April 1). A 31-year-old Singaporean man had offered PM Lee’s son, Mr Li Yipeng, a ride in a private car last month and circulated videos from the encounter. The man’s past criminal records then emerged on…

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Singapore Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin unexpectedly dragged into MP’s squabble in Malaysia’s Parliament, Singapore News

KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore’s Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, who visited Malaysia’s Lower House of Parliament while it was in session on Tuesday (March 19), was unexpectedly dragged into a squabble between an Umno MP and Malaysia’s Deputy Speaker . Mr Tan and his delegation are in Kuala Lumpur on a three-day visit to meet Malaysian leaders, and stepped into the hall of the Malaysian Parliament to observe an ongoing session. Deputy Speaker Mohd Rashid Hasnon announced the arrival of Mr Tan and his delegation at around 12.45pm. Datuk Mohd…

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Parliament: CBD to be refreshed ‘so that there will be activities beyond office hours’, says Lawrence Wong, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Singaporeans can expect a rejuvenated city centre with moves taken to encourage more mixed-use development in the Central Business District (CBD) so that there will be activities beyond office hours. National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, in announcing this on Thursday (March 7), also said there will be a review of a scheme that allows eligible commercial buildings to maximise their use through bonus plot ratios. Speaking during the parliamentary debate on his ministry’s budget, Mr Wong said: “We will explore new incentives to better support rejuvenation in the…

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Parliament: Free opt-in cervical cancer vaccine for Sec 1 girls from this year, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – All Secondary 1 girls in national schools, including madrasahs, will be offered free vaccination from next month to protect them against cervical cancer. About 200 women get the cancer each year and 70 die from it, said Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor on Wednesday (March 6). She said: “This cancer, which is caused by infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), can be prevented with vaccination and screening.” The vaccine protects women against common HPV strains which primarily causes cervical cancer, but can also…

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Parliament: Correct the perception that Singapore is an arrogant nation, says Low Thia Khiang, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Singapore needs to deepen relations with its ASEAN neighbours to correct the perception it is an arrogant nation that looks at developing nations with a condescending eye, said veteran opposition MP Low Thia Khiang (Aljunied GRC). “Success breeds envy among neighbours, and this envy can turn toxic if our neighbours come to believe that our success is due to our taking advantage of their weaknesses,” Mr Low said during Friday’s debate on the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s budget. Speaking on soft-power diplomacy, the former chief of the Workers’ Party…

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Parliament: ‘No conflict of interest’ in appointing new Auditor-General, a Senior Minister of State’s wife, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There is generally no conflict of interest between the Auditor-General’s Office and the ministries it audits, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament on Thursday (Feb 28). Mr Chan, who is the Minister-in-charge of the Public Service, also set out how people are identified to fill key constitutional appointments. He was responding to Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC), who had asked the Government to confirm if the recently appointed Auditor-General was the wife of a Senior Minister of State, and if so, how…

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Parliament: Planned GST increase alone won’t be enough for future spending needs, Sitoh says, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The planned GST increase is but one measure to meet rising spending needs, and will not be able to meet them in full, Mr Sitoh Yih Pin (Potong Pasir) said on Wednesday (Feb 27), as he reminded members about the need for fiscal sustainability and financial prudence. The Goods and Services Tax, currently at 7 per cent, is estimated to bring in $11.69 billion in the coming financial year. And the rise in the tax rate by 2 percentage points to 9 per cent, sometime between 2021 and…

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