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Asked on 11 Oct 2018

If you could be the Prime Minister of Singapore for 1 week, what are some things you would strive to change in that position?

I'm just wondering what everyone feels is the most urgent issue in SG

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 12 Oct 2018

I think whatever the goverment or leaders are doing, they are doing their best for the good of Singaporean.

Althought some law I don't agree but I think i'll make sure to open parliment to have more NCMP and discuss more people livelihood issues such as giving single parents true equal rights as married parents because I don't see this area being fair for a long time and some MPs has been fighting for it but it still very hard to get the old guard to move and really think logically and more for them rather than about any other things.

On the other hand, I would also make another discussion about Woman's charter to become rather Human Charter because it is not fair just to protect woman's right when some of the decision judge made seems to be lopsided towards woman only and it is not fair to protect female only but also should consider fairly of guys who cannot afford or could not protect themselve.

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Alex Chua Cheng En
Alex Chua Cheng En

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Agree with your last point. For a better, just, fair world for women, men need to be part of the equation
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FC
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 26 Nov 2019

Review the CECA policy with India. Have more stringent checks on foreign PMET working in SG, such as if their qualifications really fit the requirements or is the company hiring based on connections/cost.

Invest more into education especially our youths, are they learning the in demand skills or are they simply just following the past educational route.

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Kenneth Quek
Kenneth Quek
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 26 Nov 2019

If I was PM for one week, I'd work darn hard to get rid of whatever stupid law allowed me to be PM for one week.

Seriously. Pick some fella off the street with no understanding of governance and the multiple and complex impacts of designing public policy? I'm sure that will end well.

Must restrict the policy to only allow taxi driver uncles to be PM. After all, they are the ones with the best knowledge about everything... =D

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Obviously can't close in a week but I would rethink what is going on with CPF - particularly if foreigners aren't included then there is an incentive for employers to get FTs which is leading onto other issues.

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Andy Sim
Andy Sim
Level 6. Master
Answered 21h ago

I think most policy intents are good but more could be done in terms of communicating these policy intents to the people. This will help reduce misunderstandings and seek more support from the public.

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MT2020
MT2020
Level 6. Master
Answered 22h ago

I will reduce income taxes.

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Remove GST on basic necessities (柴米油盐酱醋茶) to combat cost of living.

Reduce water conservation tax from 50% to 10%. The water conservation tax of 50% is ridiculous!

Free medical... I know it is wishful thinking....

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Niran Patel
Niran Patel
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 26 Nov 2019

Restructure GST into a good tiered one. Basic necessities at 5%. Goods Produced in sg at 6% or less. Luxuries at 10%. Etc.

Implement a minimum wage, scrap ceca, tighten labour supply. With a wait and see approach. Up startup grants on a milestone achievement basis.

Break food cartels. I hear only 3 companies import chickens into Singapore. Investigate the land swap deal. And all gov financial lapses, and charge accordingly. Pass a budget neutral bill into law. And find out what nonsense Temasek has been doing with our money. And how much reserves are there.

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Png Cheng Xi Damien
Png Cheng Xi Damien, Happy Life Seeker at Home
Level 6. Master
Answered on 11 Oct 2018

In 1 week, the most you could do will be to change one thing. I will make 1 change to the constitution so that it cannot be simply reversed by the next prime minister. Maybe one limiting the pay of ministers? Or the one restricting the shifting of CPF withdrawal?

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Bervin Teo
Bervin Teo
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 12 Oct 2018

I would scrape off GST, COE & the 99 yr lease for HDB flats. Make our passport no. 1 again (How can we lose out to Japan??- They invaded n tortured us!!!).​​​

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Quiet a heavy question to ponder on.

Off the top, socially I'll repeal 377A and allow for civil unions between same sex couples.

Financially, I'll give credits for skill enhancement for SMEs similar to Skills future but on a company level. Providers and vendors have to receive certification from SPRING and have detailed and relevant lesson plans before being able to conduct courses.

For population growth, I'll provide tax breaks to single parents and single income households, increase and subsidise maternity and paternity leave.

Raise our national mandatory leave from 7 to 14 days (even though most companies already follow this), loosen the policies on usage of Medisave to cover more procedures and increasing limits.

Maybe implement a tax on religious institutions.

I can't think of any more things for now.

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