Below is a summary of the parliament sitting on Monday (3rd April):
1) Drug users increase
Law Minister K Shanmugam confirmed the increase in the number of drug users in Singapore especially among students and professionals. In the past 3 years, more than 350 students were caught, while 70 working professionals were caught in 2016 alone. The Minister did not explain why and what are the countermeasures to bring down the drug abuse rate.
2) Marital rape
Minister for Social and Family Development (MSF) Tan Chuan Jin claimed that the government is reviewing the law of rapes by married spouses and considering abolishing rape immunity for married spouses. There is however no mention of the public pressure calling for caning of American pedophile Joshua Robinson.
3) Flexible employment hours
Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say paid lips service calling for companies to impose more flexible employment hours.
4) No to Tudung
Minister Masagos Zulkifli took the opportunity to attack Opposition MP Faisal Manap after the latter suggested allowing Muslim ladies to wear their religious headdress, Tudung, in hospitals like Australia and UK allowed. The Minister alleged that the Opposition MP is sowing discord, and also said that when given such rights, “Malays will feel different in their minds, and even unjustifiably treated unequally.”
5) SAF training in Australia
Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the training ground in Queensland Australia will be greatly reduced. There is no update on whether the S$2.34 billion military budget for the Australia training ground will be equivalently reduced.
6) Censorship of ASS, STR and TOC
3 websites have been singled out for censorship under new laws to be introduced by Law Minister K Shanmugam.