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Measures could save 155,000 jobs, pave way for future: DPM

The economic support measures being rolled out during the current crisis could save around 155,000 jobs over this year and the next, cushioning the rise in the resident unemployment rate by about 1.7 percentage points this year, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday. More than half of the jobs saved are due to […]

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Will Singapore sink like the Titanic? Jobs, economy and other highlights from Parliament

SINGAPORE – The debate on the President’s Address continued on Tuesday (Sept 1), and saw 18 MPs speak on the main issues facing the Government. Here are some lively moments from the second day of the debate, which spanned about six and a half hours. 1. WHEN JAMUS LIM CROSSED SWORDS WITH JESSICA TAN, JOSEPHINE […]

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Conduct conversations on race, language, religion with restraint and mutual respect, says President Halimah at Parliament opening

SINGAPORE – Younger Singaporeans may prefer to discuss issues such as race, language and religion candidly and openly, but such conversations should be handled sensitively, said President Halimah Yacob on Monday (Aug 24). She described their willingness to talk about such issues as a positive development, but urged restraint and mutual respect in conducting conversations, […]

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Parliament sets out duties and privileges of Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh

SINGAPORE – As the official Leader of the Opposition (LO), Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh will be given certain parliamentary privileges like the right of first response among MPs. He will also have the right to ask the lead question to ministers on policies, Bills and motions, subject to existing speaking conventions, the offices of […]

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Parliament: GIC and Temasek provide loans to companies for investment, says Indranee Rajah

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s GIC and Temasek provide loans to companies in the context of investments, and the Government does not direct these decisions, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Indranee Rajah in Parliament on Friday (June 5). Like all other investments the sovereign wealth fund and government investment company make, these are commercial decisions taken […]