The National Solidarity Party (NSP) released its manifesto on its official website today (July 1st).
In the 10-page manifesto, the NSP reaffirmed its political ideology, which advocated fair competition, low unemployment and redistribution.
Here is a brief overview of the NSP manifesto:
1. Increase the fertility rate for population growth
- Provide parents with a comprehensive safety net for their children up to the age of 18. Make sure that organic growth is in line with infrastructure readiness.
2. Protect workers and reduce the cost of living
- Prohibit increases in goods and services tax (GST)
- Provide tax credits to citizens who care for older parents and schoolchildren.
- Establish a minimum living wage policy and tripartite alliance for fair and progressive employment practices to combat exploitation and discrimination against workers.
- Forbid essential companies to be dependent on shareholders' interests and rethink the privatization of national companies that are still monopolies or ogliopolies.
3. Singapore-First for public housing
- Share details of housing costs to enable a public assessment of cost efficiency.
- Provide more financial support to needy residents. Develop more subsidized rental housing to reduce waiting times for needy citizens who are prohibited from housing foreign workers.
- Prohibit the rental and resale of HDB apartments owned by PRs within eight years of ownership. Any profit from a sale is subject to taxation to prevent speculation.
4. New national insurance protection
- Provision of comprehensive health insurance (CMI) for hospital stays and outpatient treatment in private or restructured hospitals, polyclinics and affiliated private clinics. This includes the treatment of Covid-19 and pre-existing diseases in children.
- CMI is mandatory for all citizens, with 50% of premiums subsidized by the government. Foreigners and PRs are entitled, but do not receive a grant. Citizens with public support receive a fully funded CMI.
5. Improve education costs, quality and opportunities
- Extension of subsidized educational services to kindergarten and pre-school levels, with the administration being placed under MOE instead of MCYS.
- Reduce class size to 20 to improve the teacher-student ratio and explore virtual learning opportunities at home.
- Give citizens with government grants the opportunity to meet their obligations anywhere in the Singaporean economy.
6. Allow "credits" for CPF savings
- Allow laid-off citizens to borrow from normal CPF accounts, which will be fully repaid once the account holder is hired. Households can withdraw up to S $ 3,000 per month within six months, up to a maximum of 20% of the account.
- Expand the list of CPF-approved higher education providers to improve lifelong education opportunities.
7. More concessions for public transport
- Monitor the transportation process to prevent price increases.
- All people with disabilities who receive public support are entitled to discount cards.
- All concession pass holders can receive concession rates at any time.
8. Reduce defense expenditures, expand civil liberties.
- Take a moderate stance and support regional cooperation while maintaining a strong force.
- Gradually reduce defense spending and limit it to 4.5% of GDP.
- Authorize all detainees to fair trial and abolish the Law on Protection from Online Lies and Manipulations (POFMA) under the Internal Security Act.
You can read the full NSP manifest here.
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