Prime Minister Lee Hsien recently unveiled the People & # 39; s Action Party (PAP) manifesto ahead of the upcoming general election.
The 25-page brochure entitled "Our Life, Our Jobs, Our Future" explains the party's strategies to rebuild Singapore's economy and strengthen its society.
In the foreword to the manifesto, PM Lee – who is also PAP's general secretary – spoke about how Singapore has been fighting hard against COVID-19 since the beginning of this year.
PAP notes that this is not the first crisis Singapore is facing. From the separation from Malaya in 1965, the Asian financial crisis in the 1990s to September 11, SARS and the global financial crisis in the 2000s, we as a nation have weathered many crises together.
While each represented a "major threat", Singapore has always emerged stronger from the crisis – and PAP has always been there. It will be no different this time, it emphasized.
In this manifesto, PAP sets out its plans for “Our life, our jobs, our future”. Here is a brief overview:
1. Public health and safety remain an urgent task. PAP Will:
- Free inpatient treatment of COVID-19 in public hospitals. In total, the government has provided $ 20 billion for MOH in recent budgets.
- Improve the COVID-19 testing and tracing functions
- Invest in research and development for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines and ensure that they are available to all Singaporeans who need them
- Complete health clearance for migrant workers so that they can work safely again
- Build additional migrant work homes with new operating models and improved standards
2. Jobs continue to be a top priority. PAP Will:
- Protect workers from the immediate effects of COVID-19 with initiatives such as wage subsidies, income relief, and financial support
- Create 100,000 new job opportunities to employ Singaporeans
- Improve access to employment opportunities through initiatives such as setting up inland career centers, improving skills and financial incentives for employers to hire local workers
- Help young Singaporeans enter the labor market, promote employment between the ages of 40 and 60, and promote the employment of older workers
- Improve the jobs and income of low-wage workers and promote the employment of workers with disabilities
3. To strengthen the Singapore economy, PAP will:
- Stabilize businesses against the immediate effects of COVID-19 through cash flow, cost and credit support; Adoption of rent relief laws and additional help for the most affected sectors such as aviation and retail
- Accelerate the digital transformation of all industries to enable innovations and adjustments
- Establish green lane agreements for safe travel with other countries
- Track international cooperation, expand our trading networks and look for new markets
- Diversify our food sources and staple foods and build resilient supply chains
4. To provide social and financial support, PAP will:
- You can continue to support Singaporeans in their living expenses with the Care & Support Package, improved housing grants, transport vouchers and subsidies for education and health care
- Provide additional support to families with children with special educational needs (SEN) by making special education more affordable and opening new schools
- Improve subsidies to make preschool education as affordable as primary school
- Provide more support and guidance to vulnerable students most affected by the crisis
- Bridge the digital divide by equipping every secondary school student with a computer and making Home Based Learning (HBL) an integral part of education
- Help seniors stay healthy and active, including free entry to public gyms and pools
- Provide senior citizens with greater financial security in retirement with the Matched Retirement Savings Scheme, expanded silver support, and Silver Housing Bonus and Lease Buyback programs
- With regard to health care, it is planned to expand the polyclinic network to 32 and to build a new integrated acute and community hospital in the east by 2030
- Help Singaporeans with a $ 6 billion surge in GST surge
5. To build social and financial resilience, PAP will:
- Build a strong, caring community where no one is left behind and everyone can progress together
- Use the nearly $ 100 billion investment (across four budgets) to catalyze growth and returns for Singaporeans and Singapore
- Continue to exercise financial caution and, if possible, replenish Singapore's reserves
6. To live together sustainably, PAP will:
- Produce more clean energy by using more solar panels and converting food waste into energy
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Plant a million trees and new mangrove areas to conserve our carbon sinks
- Build more city parks and gardens over the next five years. Each household is a 10-minute walk from a park.
- Increase local food production significantly with the 30 x 30 Express strategy and develop long-term local production capacity for important deliveries
Creating a new future together
PAP has previously submitted ambitious plans to develop Singapore. While COVID-19 slowed down these plans, PAP said it would endeavor to make these projects a reality:
- Smart Nation and the 5G network
- Tuas megaport
- Changi T5
- Greater Southern Waterfront and Paya Lebar redevelopment
- Punggol Digital District and Jurong Lake District
- Doubling of the rail network with the Cross Island Line and the Thomson-East Coast Line
While COVID-19 "forced a global pause and reset," it was also a unique opportunity to reshape and reshape our future, PAP said in the manifesto.
"We will work with you to set a new direction for Singapore in the aftermath of COVID-19. We will use our collective ideas, strengths and skills to be stronger as an economy, … as a society, … (and) as a people, "he added.
You can read the full PAP manifest here.
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