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Inflation, COVID-19 vaccines and drug abuse by athletes will be discussed in Parliament

By on September 30, 2022 0

Dr Wan Rizal asked Culture, Community and Youth Minister Edwin Tong if there were any measures implemented to protect carded athletes in Singapore from drug abuse.

MP Darryl David (PAP-Ang Mo Kio) asked if the government or national sports associations (NSAs) had any programs to educate national and elite athletes about the dangers and pitfalls of recreational drug use and improving performance.

Additionally, he asked if there were any programs to regularly test athletes for the use of these drugs.

Two MPs have submitted questions to Home Secretary K Shanmugam over the mental health of local team officers, after an officer was found dead of a gunshot wound in Bayfront Avenue on September 19.

MP Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim (PAP-Chua Chu Kang) asked if there are precautionary measures to continuously assess the mental health and well-being of police officers and auxiliary police officers who carry arms in the exercise of their duties, particularly those who have duties with members of the public.

MP Melvin Yong (PAP-Radin Mas) asked how many local team officers died while on active duty and how many were suicide cases.

Several MPs submitted questions on employment issues.

These included one from MP Jessica Tan (PAP-East Coast) on initiatives to bring top overseas Singaporean talent back to Singapore.

She asked if there was support to help them and their families relocate and return to Singapore.

Meanwhile, MP Gerald Giam (Workers’ Party-Aljunied) asked Labor Minister Tan See Leng if there were plans to review the job pass scheme to introduce a new dependency ratio cap for the bottom half of income.

This would encourage employers to strengthen their Singaporean workforce by hiring and training more Singaporean talent and transferring the skills of overseas employees to the local workforce, he said.

Monday’s sitting will also see the tabling of four government bills.

These are the Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, the Accounting Functions (Consolidation) Bill, the International Development Association (Amendment) Bill and the carbon pricing (amendment).

There will also be a second reading for four other bills – the Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, the Income Tax (Amendment) Bill, the Business Trusts Bill ( amendment) and the Accountants (Amendments) Bill.