Eight Bills set for debate, WP's Daniel Goh to be sworn in at Feb 29 sitting of Parliament

The Workers' Party's Dr Daniel Goh will be sworn in as a NCMP during the next sitting of Parliament, on Feb 29.
The Workers' Party's Dr Daniel Goh will be sworn in as a NCMP during the next sitting of Parliament, on Feb 29.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Parliament will sit on Feb 29 for the first time since last month's debate on the President's Address, which set the direction for the new five-year term of government.

Members of Parliament are expected to debate proposed changes to eight existing laws at the session, during which a third Non-Constituency MP will be sworn in.

He is Dr Daniel Goh, 42, of the Workers' Party (WP), who told The Straits Times on Thursday that he will take his oath of allegiance at the sitting.

The sociology don from the National University of Singapore is filling the NCMP seat that was offered to, but rejected by, his WP counterpart Lee Li Lian.

Among the eight Bills expected to be debated at the sitting are proposed changes to the Registration of Criminals Act.

These will let Singapore law enforcement agencies to work even closer with their international counterparts to tackle transnational organised crime and terrorism.

Laws governing the Central Provident Fund (CPF) are also to be amended. One of them will give members the option to choose their CPF Life plan nearer the time they want to start getting payouts from the national annuity scheme. The earliest age for such payouts is 64, which will be raised to 65 in 2018.

Now, members have to decide on their CPF Life plan at age 55.

The remaining six Bills include to changes to the Goods and Services Tax Act and Pioneer Generation Fund Act.

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