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Workers' Party Manifesto 2011

Workers' Party Manifesto 2011

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TOWARDS A FIRSTWORLD PARLIAMENT
MANIFESTO 2011
Published by The Workers’ Party
All rights reserved © 2011. This book, or parts thereof, may not reproducedin any form without the written permission of The Workers’ Party.Printed by Targa Lithography Services
 
Workers’ Party Manifesto 2011
Table of Contents
 
Introduction
5
Chapter 1 Governance and Civil Liberties
81A. Constitution 101B. Elections & Parliament 101C. Cabinet 111D. Civil Service 111E Civil Liberties 11
Chapter 2 Justice, Law and Order
132A. The Courts 142B. Legal Aid 152C. Protection of Victims 152D. Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure 162E. Resource Allocation 17
Chapter 3 Economic Policy
18
Chapter 4 Society
214A. People with Disabilities 224B. Elderly and Family 234C. Children 234D. Community 244E. Social Cohesion 244F. Others 24
Chapter 5 Population and Immigration
255A. Immigration 275B. Procreation 285C. Overseas Singaporeans 29
Chapter 6 Education
30
 
6A. Reducing Stress and 31More Focused Resources6B. Tertiary Education 326C. Special Needs Education 326D. Others 33
Chapter 7 Healthcare
34
 
7A. Acute and Primary Care 367B. Containing Healthcare Costs 377C. Step Down / Long Term Care 38
Chapter 8 Public Housing
39
Chapter 9 Transport
419A. Buses and Trains 439B. Taxis 449C. Private Vehicles 44
Chapter 10 Labour Policy
4510A. Income 4710B. Foreign Workforce 4710C. Training 4810D. Trade Unions 4810E. Employment 4810F. Equal Opportunities Legislation 49
Chapter 11 Central Provident Fund
50
Chapter 12 Defence and Foreign Affairs
53
Chapter 13 Sustainable Development
55
Chapter 14 Arts, Media, Information and New Technology
5814A. Arts 5914B. Media 5914C. Information 5914D. New Technology 60
Chapter 15 Sports and Recreation
61
 
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INTRODUCTION
The Workers’ Party (WP) was founded in pre-independence Singapore in 1957.Foremost in our founding members’ minds was to promote ParliamentaryDemocracy. WP has been defending Parliamentary Democracy by contestingin General Elections and By-Elections for more than 50 years.WP continues to believe that it is in the national interest for the governing party to be subject to political competition, so as to promote higher standardsof performance and guard against complacency. We also believe it is in thenational interest to ensure that Singaporeans are not held ransom, by havinganother political party capable to taking over should the ruling People’sAction Party falter or lose its mandate to govern.WP’s long-term aim is to form the government. While in opposition, wewill promote Parliamentary Democracy by seeking the people’s mandate to be Elected Members of Parliament, so that we can call the government toaccount at the national level.
Our Manifestoes and Policy Ideas
WP is pleased to note that some of the ideas from our 2006 Manifesto have been implemented by the government.For instance, in the area of education, we proposed setting up a ProfessionalTeachers’ Association to look into professionalising teaching and boostingtheir welfare and morale. Today, the government has set up an Academy
of Singapore Teachers, ofcially launched in September 2010, with similar 
aims. In the area of criminal justice, we had highlighted the need for fair- play in trial preparations by mutual disclosure of evidence and statements,and that crime victims’ rights needed recognition. The Criminal ProcedureCode 2010 makes some key changes to promote more disclosure and victimcompensation. In the area of healthcare, we continued to highlight the
inadequacy of Medisave and Medishield as nancing tools, and proposed
a public health insurance scheme for hospitalisation. WP notes that thegovernment is still overhauling the Medishield scheme to provide better coverage.

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