Govt and S’poreans should create solutions together

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT’S OPENING OF NEW PARLIAMENT Speaker Sir, Chinese please. 总统在演说中提到,新加坡已进入下一阶段的发展。从前,我们可以参考其他国家的做法,赶上它们的发展。现在,我们碰到的许多挑战,都比较复杂, 也没有明确的解决方法,其他国家也在摸索。我相信,面对这些挑战时,政府必须和人民一起创造解决方案。   例如中小型企业的转型, 俗语说,“创业难,守业更难”,我们可以加多一句,转型最难。 中小企业如何转型,将是一大挑战。 新建立的企业发展局,在帮中小企业实施转变后,必须更紧密地关注发展。而中小企业也必须积极求变,甚至全国的心态也必须转变,政府、大企业和一般民众在消费的时候,应该多考虑多关照我们的中小企业。   在教育方面,许多国家也都在摸索,如何在因材施教的同时,保持教育水准和公平的标准。在新加坡,我们已经尝试很多不同的方法,我们的时代,我们的孩子的时代,我们的孙子的时代,我国的教育制度都一直在改变,家长不该只关注成绩,也该鼓励孩子做他们感兴趣的课外活动,也许那个课外活动才是孩子未来成功的关键。因此,希望家长和学校一起找出更适合每个孩子的教育方法。   另一个问题是较旧的基础设施,要什么时候翻新?设计如何更新?   例如1986年以后建成的组屋,是否可以纳入家居改进计划?还有义顺的人口日益增长,年轻家庭也越来越多。我们是否能重建旧的体育馆和游泳池,建成一座综合体育馆,里面还有让小孩嬉水的游泳设施?   淡滨尼有 Tampines Hub, 勿洛有Bedok Integrated Complex,兀兰有Kampong Admiralty,讲来讲去,讲了这么多年,我们义顺的居民不知几时能有福气享有Nee Soon Hub 或 Nee Soon Integrated Complex 或者是Kampong Nee Soon.希望有关当局能向黄志明部长看齐,尽早实现黄部长昨天在国会说的”We hear you, we are with you, together we will make it real.”我们都很期待make it real的那一天。   身为议员,我们常常要处理清洁和邻里纠纷的问题。这些问题往往当局没办法完全解决,解铃还须系铃人,需要当事人愿意妥协,愿意承担一部分责任。在这方面,我们还需要更加努力。   以上的问题,都没有“标准答案”。 无论是国会议员,公务员或是政府,都必须继续聆听新加坡人的意见,和新加坡人一起创造出答案。   Mr Speaker I rise to put my vote of Thanks to the President for delivering a speech that not only inspires but points us to the direction that we must collectively work towards in the coming years.....

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Dr Lee Bee Wah: Residents are like extended family

In a wide-ranging interview with the Straits Times’ Lunch with Sumiko column, Nee Soon GRC MP Er. Dr. Lee Bee Wah revealed previously unknown facets of her personal and constituency life. In the article, Sumiko Tan described Dr Lee as friendly, and so frank that “what you see is what you get”.   1. Her pre-marriage agreement included “I won’t wear make-up” Before she got married, Dr Lee made certain things clear to her husband-to-be. She will have to continue supporting her family in Malaysia and sending money home.....

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Fire alarms for rental flats and speeding at Yishun

PQs from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah on 20 Mar 2018 1. To ask the Minister for Health (a) how many senior citizens currently suffer from incontinence; (b) what is the average cost to treat this illness; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider providing more subsidies for incontinence treatment so as to enable more senior citizens to seek treatment early. Answer 2. Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) when will work begin on the installation of smoke and fire alarms for HDB rental flats;....

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Greater transparency around carbon tax

SPEECH BY ER DR LEE BEE WAH, MP FOR NEE SOON GRC, AT THE SECOND READING OF THE CARBON PRICING BILL IN PARLIAMENT ON 19 MAR 2018   Introduction Reducing carbon foot-print is the way to go for our future. This Bill will be a good step forward to get our people to be in sync with the international trend. We need to position Singapore for a low-carbon future as that will be the new norm.....

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