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More social policy announcements when Parliament reopens in May: PM Lee

Published on Mar 30, 2014 7:50 PM
 

In the wake of the recently-announced Pioneer Generation Package, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has pledged that "a few more pieces" of social policy will be rolled out when Parliament reopens in May.

Parliament will be prorogued after its April 14 sitting and reconvene a month later, when the President's speech will set out the Government's programme for the rest of its term, Mr Lee told reporters last Saturday at the end of his week-long European visit.

"But the broad scope of it, I've already sketched out at last year's (National Day) Rally, which is our rebalancing towards stronger social safety nets, towards making sure the paths upwards are open towards helping everyone to level up and improve their quality of life as well as standard of living in Singapore," he added.

The Government has started on this through a new national health insurance scheme MediShield Life that will cover citizens for life once it is rolled out next year; and a package of health subsidies for the pioneer generation of old folk who are 65 or older this year, and became citizens before 1987.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held a dialogue at London's Chatham House, speaking on the topic "Singapore's Perspectives on Asia and Europe" on Friday, March 28, 2014. In the wake of the recently-announced Pioneer Generation Package, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has pledged that "a few more pieces" of social policy will be rolled out when Parliament reopens in May. -- ST FILE PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW
 
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