Good Governance & Leadership – Singapore Experience Conference 2018 in Yeravan, Armenia

Singapore People’s Party was invited by the Prosperous Armenia Party to attend their Good Governance & Leadership – Singapore Experience Conference in Yeravan, Armenia. It took place from the 13th to 15th July 2018.

Singapore People’s Party’s Chairman Lina Chiam and Vice-Chairman Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss attended as delegates from our party. They were among 15 delegates of Singaporean politicians, legal and financial experts in attendance.

The key highlight of the conference was a Roundtable Discussion between the delegates and members of the Armenian parliament, as well as key members of the Prosperous Armenia Party. Both of our representatives each gave a short speech.

Another highlight of the conference was a tree planting ceremony hosted by the Mayor, during which several trees were planted to commemorate the friendship between Singapore and Armenia.


Below was the speech given by them during the conference: Continue reading “Good Governance & Leadership – Singapore Experience Conference 2018 in Yeravan, Armenia”

Labour Day Message 2018

27-year-old Mohd Munir works as a barista at a coffee joint, and makes enough to pay his bills and to help his family with household bills.

He hopes that over time, he will be able to do better for himself and move on to a bigger role, so that he can start saving a little to perhaps, buy a nice home of his own at some point in his life.

The one thing which constantly worries him is the rising cost of living, and the fear that what he earns today will not be enough to help him tide through during difficult days.

Like him, 24-year-old Ashley Ling also works in the service industry, is fresh out of school and is already wondering what would be the type of job she will be able to get in future in a rapidly changing world.

Despite her fears, and seeing how many service related jobs are still undertaken by many foreigners or foreign students, she still continues her daily routine of waiting on tables with the hope that at some point in her life, she will be able to find a job which will be able to help her live a fairly comfortable life in Singapore.

二十七岁的Mohd Munir 是一名咖啡师。他的月薪只够他支付帐单和补充家用。 他希望随着时间他会有所作为在工作上晋升到更高的职位,并且利用这份收入来购买自己梦想之家。一件总是让他担心的事情,就是一直在提升的生活费用,还有他所赚取的薪水不够让他渡过困苦的日子。

与他一样的二十四岁的Ashley Ling, 现任在服务业,刚刚毕业的她已经在琢磨她在迅速转变的未来里能从事什么行业。尽管看到许多服务业都被外劳取代,她还是每天照常上班,并且带着一天能找到一份能让她在新加坡好好生活的工作。 Continue reading “Labour Day Message 2018”

LTA Needs To Make Public Its Strategy In Dealing With PMD Issue | 陆路交通管理局需要公开发表对待电动滑板车的政策

There has been yet another series of accidents involving e-scooters or personal mobility devices (PMDs).

On 17 April, a 65-year old woman was knocked down in Ang Mo Kio while she was on the way to fetch her grandchild from school.

The e-scooter rider did not render assistance and fled the scene of the accident, and there is now a request for witnesses.

On the same day, there was yet another incident in which a 26-year-old e-scooter rider was taken to hospital after a collision involving a car in front of Kembangan MRT station.

Over the last two weeks, there have been three other incidents involving e-scooters as well.

On 16 April, an 86-year-old rider was taken to the hospital after an accident with a bus in Yishun.

On 12 April, a six-year-old boy was injured after an e-scooter rider crashed into him near Punggol Park.

On the same day, a 24-year-old e-scooter rider was arrested after he allegedly knocked down an 11-year-old girl in Pasir Ris.

The 11-year-old – Ardini Nabila – now possibly needs long term treatment for injuries sustained to her jaw and teeth.

When the Singapore People’s Party (SPP) visited Ardini and her family at their home in Pasir Ris, there was a clear message which both parents of the injured schoolgirl wanted to send across – we need to keep our neighbourhoods safe for our children, elderly and members of the public.

We agree.

The incidents over the last week are the latest in a string of accidents involving PMDs.

In March, a 45-year old woman slipped into a coma after being knocked down by an e-scooter.

Last November, a 52-year-old man using such a device died in an accident with a double-decker bus in Kaki Bukit.

The same month, another man was arrested after a video showing an e-scooter zipping down the Pan-Island Expressway went viral on social media.

In October last year, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan told Parliament that there were about 90 accidents involving electric bicycles and PMDs in the first half of 2017 alone.

The new Active Mobility Act may possibly address some issues like how PMDs should weigh no more than 20kg and measure no wider than 700mm. They also cannot exceed a speed limit of 15kmh on footpaths, and 25kmh on cycling and shared paths in park connectors.

However, the issue doesn’t just end with the PMDs or the riders alone.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) needs to look at the way cycling and running paths are designed and make urgent changes. (See picture)

In the area where Ardini was hit, there were no bollards or speed bumps to ensure that riders slowed down at intersections. Worse, pedestrians cannot move from one walkway to another without being put at risk from oncoming cyclists or PMD users. This is dangerous.

The LTA also needs to step up on enforcement and surveillance on the ground.

Perhaps, the LTA should provide an update on how many enforcement officers are being deployed and in which areas, and during what times of the day.

We also believe that mandatory insurance may be necessary so that victims can file for claims in the event of any accident. This will also put the onus of riders to be cautious.

Finally, it is also critical that the LTA steps up on education and working with the various stakeholders extensively to push for greater responsibility among users of PMDs, and pedestrians as well.

Our common spaces are meant for all members of the public to use, and there is an urgent need for safety to be exercised.

The PMDs serve a grave risk to safety and well-being of people, especially children and the elderly.

One more incident is another incident too many.

陆路交通管理局需要公开发表对待电动滑板车的政策

最近又有好几起涉及到电动滑板车或类似的移动器材和行人。

在今年4月17日子,有一名65岁女士在去接她的孙子路途中在宏茂桥被一辆电动滑板车撞倒。那位骑士撞倒人后就离开现场所以现在寻找目击证人。

在同一天里,一名26岁的电动滑板车骑士在景万岸地铁站于一辆车发生一场撞击后被送往医院。

在这短短的两个星期内,也有三起类似的事件发生。

1)在今年4月16日子,有一名86岁的骑士在义顺与一辆巴士发生撞击事件后被送往医院接受治疗。

2) 在今年4月12日子,有一名6岁男孩在榜鹅公园被一辆电动滑板撞倒导致
受伤。

3)在同样的一天,有一名24岁的电动滑板车骑士被逮捕据说他在巴西立撞倒一名11岁的女孩童。那名孩童Ardini Nabila在她的脸部和颚骨所承受的伤口
有可能许要长期的治疗。

当新加坡人民党去Ardini巴西立的家探访她时,她的两位家长要传达一项很重要的信息。那就是我们必须为了孩子,老年人与公众而维护我们邻里的安全。

我们赞同

在上个星期的一连串事件是在近期内所发生关联电动滑板车的意外。

在今年三月,有一位45岁女士被一辆电动滑板车撞倒后导致昏迷不醒。

去年11月有一位52岁男子电动滑板车骑士于一辆双层巴士在加基武吉发生撞击后不幸死亡。

在同一个月,通过影像又一个电动滑板车骑士在泛岛高速公路高速奔行走,有一名男子被拘捕。

在去年10月,交通部长许文远在国会上说明在淡淡在2017年的上段牵连到电动滑板车的意外有4名死亡案件而牵连到电子脚踏车共有90起案件。

虽然刚刚修改的ActiveMobility法案有规定电动滑板车总量不能超过20公斤,宽度不能超过700毫米;它们在行人道的速度每小时不能超过15公里,而在脚踏车道或公园的公共路径每小时不能超过25公里,可是这个问题不至于只是电动滑板车或骑士的问题。
陆路交通管理局必须重新分析脚踏车以及跑步道的设计并且尽快更换设计 (See picture)。

在Ardini被撞倒的地方,那里没有系缆柱以及其他设施来避免骑士超速。更危险的是行人无法免受电动滑板车的威胁而自由在道路行走。这是很危险的

陆路交通管理局必须加紧执法人员以及公众中的巡查。也许陆路交通管理局可以提供每天所派遣执法人员的人数以及在某个地方的时间。

我们也相信必须提供强制性保险以便受害者应该可以向骑士提出索赔。这可以提醒骑士在任何时候时要注意安全的责任

最后陆路交通管理局应该与其他部门合作来教育骑士以及行人有关安全使用公共道路。

我们的公共场所应该是能让众人使用的所以在任何时候必须维持安全。

Compassion Before Courts

The article in TODAY – “Town councils to engage residents before prosecuting them: State Courts” (9 March 2018) seems to be announcing “new measures to help town councils manage” defaulters.

In the story, it is stated that “From next month, as part of new protocols, town councils will have to negotiate and engage with the residents involved in such cases before starting criminal proceedings as a last resort.”

It goes on to say that town councils are “required to issue at least two notices to a resident who does not pay S&CC, before issuing a statutory demand.”

So, does it mean that under the current protocol, town councils do not negotiate and engage with the defaulting residents before taking them to court; and town councils do not issue at least two notices to the defaulting resident before issuing the statutory demand?

Given that Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) charges are generally between $20 per month (1 room) to $74 per month (5 room), it stands to reason that many of the current defaulters are not paying their fees because of financial hardship.

It is thus rather troubling that the number of residents taken to court for S&CC arrears have more than doubled in the last three years: from 2,494 cases in 2015 to 6,335 in 2017. Continue reading “Compassion Before Courts”

Post-Budget Statement 2018

A Politically Correct and Safe Budget

The Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat’s Budget for 2018 is one which aims more for political correctness than to solve real problems.

In fact, the Singapore People’s Party is concerned that the Budget fails to specifically address how it will alleviate the one issue which is bothering Singaporeans and the Government included – wealth inequality. Continue reading “Post-Budget Statement 2018”

Budget Statement 2018

Improving Our Quality of Life, Bridging Inequality, Spending Prudently

Every generation of Singaporeans has undergone their fair share of struggles. From a mere place on the map, our forefathers helped to turn this place into a nation.

With growth and development, Singapore is now home to a plethora of communities from across the globe – a cosmopolitan city and a melting pot of cultures, races, languages.

But amid the development, we do have cracks emerging. A recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on Social Capital in Singapore revealed that there is a growing class divide in Singapore, which is not healthy for our city state. Continue reading “Budget Statement 2018”

Off Peak Travel for Seniors

The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) disagrees with the Public Transport Council’s (PTC) decision to scrap the $40 monthly unlimited travel pass for seniors above the age of 60.

The SPP also urges the PTC to reinstate the $40 monthly unlimited travel pass for the seniors immediately.

When the two-year Off-Peak Monthly Travel (OMTP) pass trial was announced by the Ministry of Transport through a media release in January 2015, the Government said that it was meant to encourage public transport commuters who are able to shift their regular travel out of peak periods to do so, and “consequently reduce their monthly travel expenditure.” Seniors were accorded an unlimited travel pass for $40.

The SPP also notes that the scheme started in July 2015, just two months before the 2015 General Elections.

While the PTC announced in the middle of last year that it was extending the scheme for a further six months pending a review, the scheme has now been scrapped unceremoniously, must to the dismay and disappointment of our seniors.

Many seniors who are above 60 are either retirees or not employed and who are living on their savings or monthly Central Provident Fund payouts.

That they have to pay more now is unacceptable.

The manner in which the seniors found out about the ceasing of the scheme also shows that the communications tactics in informing the seniors were poor and not executed effectively.

The PTC needs to be sensitive towards the needs of our senior citizens, and the way this was handled is disappointing and painful.

The SPP would also like to know what is the position of the PAP’s Government Parliamentary Committee (Transport) over this decision by the PTC.

Singapore People’s Party

2018 New Year’s Day Message

Working Together for a Better Future

Over the last year, the Singapore People’s Party has made many moves to bolster and strengthen our team.

You would have noticed our team back on the ground, and with some new faces knocking on doors to meet and greet you and hear from you.

For some, we have also reached out to provide assistance in whatever way we could, when help was sought.

Throughout the course of 2017, we have heard your frustrations, and we have also understood what are the issues which are causing you the stress and distress of daily living in Singapore.

Our commitment, is to continue supporting you, and being there for you.

In 2018, we will continue our outreach, as we look to reach out and to connect and hear from as many of you as possible.

As a nation, we will be stronger if we stand together.

We can make a difference as long as we believe that our collective voices are powerful enough to have the Government see our points of view and perspectives.

Let us continue working together to bring about the Singapore which we desire, not just for ourselves, but for our children and our elderly.

Singapore belongs to all Singaporeans.

From all of us at the Singapore People’s Party, we would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and a wonderful 2018 ahead and may there be peace and harmony amongst all nations too.

Singapore People’s Party

Independent Inquiry Needed for Rail System Failures

Rail Operation in Singapore: Safety in Jeopardy?

With so many disruptions and now, an accident between two trains at Joo Koon Station, the time has come for an Independent Commission of Inquiry to be proposed and set up to address the inadequacies of our train system that is now putting people’s lives at risk.

The rail system has encountered numerous disruptions since 2011, that culminated with an accident at Joo Koon Station on 15 November 2017. The accident was caused by a collision of an operating train with a stationary train. 36 passengers were injured in the accident. Initial findings for the cause of accident was due to a software “glitch” in the signalling system of the East-West Line. Investigation is still ongoing by the relevant authorities. No independent inquiry panel was formed to investigate the cause of the accident.

The Joo Koon accident was the second accident since 1993. On 5 August 1993, a similar collision occurred at Clementi Station which resulted in 156 injured passengers.

Continue reading “Independent Inquiry Needed for Rail System Failures”

Let’s Co-Create A Singapore For All Singaporeans

Dear Fellow Singaporeans,

These are very turbulent days.

The gig economy has brought about a tremendous amount of disruption to Singaporean jobs and our livelihoods; there is a new world order in global geopolitics; terrorism and radicalization continue to be a global scourge and rather unfortunately, a family dispute which has unfortunately tarnished Singapore’s brand name has also distracted many from our routines and lives.

Wealth and social inequality continue to tear at the fabric of society and will only cause further economic and social strain on our lives.

Indeed, these are tumultuous times for Singapore, and we will continue to face many more challenges in the days, months and years to come.

各位同胞

现在可是政经局势波动不安的日子。

零工经济的崛起对新加坡人的就业景观与生活带来巨大的影响;国际政治动荡带来新的世界秩序与力量格局的变动;恐怖主义与偏激思维继续对国际安全构成威胁;不巧的,一场家庭纠纷损害了新加坡的声誉,也扰乱了我们的作息起居。

贫富差距与社会的不平等加剧社会分裂,持续在我们的生活中造成经济和交际压力。在这段动荡的时期,我们将会在未来的日子里继续面对更多的挑战。

而且我们新加坡人所关注的问题例如就业机会、通货膨胀、购屋能力、完善的公共交通一直持续得在脑海中浮现。 Continue reading “Let’s Co-Create A Singapore For All Singaporeans”