So many questions, so little time: 5 other causes our MPs have stood up for in Parliament this month 

25/09/2023
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Did you know that hundreds of questions are filed by our MPs every Parliament session? From providing more job opportunities for persons with disabilities to increasing the Medisave withdrawal limit for IVF treatments, here are five other concerns our MPs have raised as they continue to walk the ground and push for change.  

Christopher de Souza: Job opportunities for PwDs 

With technology and human ingenuity, there is no reason why Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) should be limited in their career options. Recognising that, MP Mr Christopher de Souza (Holland–Bukit Timah GRC) raised the question of how well SG Enable has collaborated with employers to increase job opportunities for PwDs within the tech, logistics and healthcare sectors. In addition, he also asked to what extent employers provide the necessary infrastructure to support persons with disabilities.  

Melvin Yong: Protecting security officers from abuse  

“The job of a frontline security officer is not an easy one, and some of them face verbal and physical abuse while carrying out their duties,” shared MP Mr Melvin Yong (Radin Mas SMC). As such, are there plans to enhance current penalties to deter abuse against security officers? This was a question brought up by MP Yong, who is also Chairman of the Security Tripartite Cluster and on the frontline of preventing security officers from being at the receiving end of anti-social behaviour. 

Nadia Samdin: Ensuring the safety of community pets 

In recent years, community cats have stolen our hearts and become landmarks in their neighbourhoods. Therefore, is there room to strengthen inter-agency cooperation to address concerns when animals go missing, asked MP Ms Nadia Samdin (Ang Mo Kio GRC)? After all, it is only human nature to worry when a much-loved member of the community goes AWOL, especially when there is a risk that it might have been abused.  

Louis Ng: Increasing Medisave withdrawal limit for IVF treatments 

In-vitro fertility (IVF) treatments are emotionally and financially taxing, shared MP Mr Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC), who had gone through the journey himself with his three children. Acutely aware of the challenges, MP Ng has pushed for an increase in Medisave limits for IVF treatments (currently capped at $15,000 per patient) to help as many couples as possible fulfil their parenthood journey.   

Murali Pillai: Adequate support for self-employed seniors

The Earn and Save Bonus component of the Majulah Package will go a long way in helping lower-income seniors save up for retirement. However, MP Mr Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok SMC) is concerned that self-employed seniors will miss out on it. Therefore, he has asked for the scheme to be expanded so that all seniors who are working, one way or another, can benefit. 

Photo Source: Christopher de Souza/Melvin Yong/ Nadia Samdin/ Louis Ng/ Murali Pillai via Facebook