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Singapore Budget 2014: Looks, plastic surgery and the Budget debate

Published on Mar 6, 2014 10:48 PM
 
A photo that MP Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) shared on Facebook, writing: "I asked to take their pictures and their IC photos of these four residents I met at a coffee shop on Mon. Can you be sure which IC photo belongs to whom?" Mr Baey, during the debate on the Ministry of Home Affairs' Budget, proposed that Singapore residents renew their identity cards again when they turn 50 and 70 to capture the "visible changes" to facial features as people age. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK OF BAEY YAM KENG

Budget Talk: What are MPs and observers saying about the Budget debate outside Parliament? We sum up some of the topics being discussed on social media.

Defence, security and the economy took centre stage at the Committee of Supply debate on the Budget on Thursday. But it was not all about heavyweight issues - the topic of looks and plastic surgery found its way onto the agenda. And it was raised by none other than MP Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) who is known for his Facebook selfies.

Mr Baey, during the debate on the Ministry of Home Affairs' Budget, proposed that Singapore residents renew their identity cards again when they turn 50 and 70 to capture the "visible changes" to facial features as people age - or go for plastic surgery. Currently, Singapore residents have to register for their NRIC at 15, and re-register with an updated photograph when they turn 30.

It was a point he reiterated in a Facebook post - this time with photos to back up his case. "I asked to take their pictures and their IC photos of these four residents I met at a coffee shop on Mon. Can you be sure which IC photo belongs to whom?" wrote Mr Baey, who also shared in Parliament the story of someone he met who kept his tattered IC "in one piece by scotch tape" because of wear and tear.

 
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