Debate on ministries’ budgets

MPs' Suggestions: Use tech to help the vulnerable

Use tech to help the vulnerable

Singapore's Smart Nation projects should include plans to help seniors and those with special needs, said Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Chua Chu Kang GRC). He suggested that artificial intelligence technologies can be used to help them prolong their work life.

Smart Nation drive: Tap public sector

Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) said Singapore should involve the whole of Government to design the way people work and live in a Smart Nation. She also suggested tapping all public-sector talent instead of hiring piecemeal from the private sector.

Fertility subsidies for older women

Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC) called on the Government to raise the age limit for fertility treatment subsidies for women to 40 and above. She said she knows of married women who want to have children but are too old to qualify for the scheme.

Give stay-at-home mums equal grants

Mr Alex Yam (Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC) wants equal grants for working and stay-at-home mothers to recognise that both are "equally noble in their duty as mothers". Currently, working mothers get more grants and subsidies.

Offer more avenues to help shape laws

Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC) suggests giving people more opportunities to take part in the lawmaking process via public consultations on Bills. She also wants better explanatory statements on Bills, and for ministers to be as clear as possible when putting up Bills for debate in Parliament.

Plan to transform public service

Mr Lee Yi Shyan (East Coast GRC) and Dr Teo Ho Pin (Bukit Panjang) proposed a masterplan be introduced to guide the public service to transform itself. The plan could pave the way for public officers to upgrade and deepen skills.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 02, 2018, with the headline 'MPs' Suggestions'. Subscribe