SINGAPORE: Healthcare, manpower, and transport issues are expected to dominate the upcoming debates in Parliament.
Discussions on the various government ministries’ expenditure for the coming financial year begin on Wednesday.
Parliament will spend the next seven days debating the budgets of the government’s 16 ministries.
These are known as the Committee of Supply (COS) debates.
MPs have filed about 450 topics for discussion.
The largest number of them were for the Ministries of Health, Manpower and Transport.
For the Ministry of Health, MPs will debate on Medishield Life, what Medisave can be used for and the increasing cost of healthcare, amongst others.
On manpower, the topics include raising the wages of the low-income, the employability of older workers and foreign manpower.
As for transport, MPs will raise the reliability of public trains and buses, fare increases, and service quality.
This year’s debate will take a thematic approach.
And it will be organised along five themes – Trusted Government; Safe and Secure Singapore; A Nation of Opportunity; Liveable City, Endearing Home; and A Caring Society.
A Ministry of Communications and Information spokesperson said this year’s thematic approach shows how ministries have coordinated to “deliver integrated policies for… Singaporeans.”