Citizens' Agenda: Raw Answers
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In your opinion, what issues do you consider important to Singapore? What do you think the candidates should be talking about as they compete for your votes in the upcoming election?
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We really need to be talking about strengthening our democratic institutions. I want to see candidates talking about how they are going to use their platform, if elected, to strengthen due process and call for restraints on power and more checks and balances.
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Social inequity, regional migration (particularly what our government is doing to protect migrant workers here), racism
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Freedom of speech and a safe space to speak on sensitive issues.
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Public accountability; rising inequality; education; ageing population; public engahement
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- The death penalty in Singapore
- Censorship in the arts
- abolishing National Service
- freedom of press
- minimum wage in Singapore
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Ageing and quality of life
How to be able to talk with each other about hard topics
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Candid discussions on race relations, political hegemony and the absence of a viable opposition, POFMA and the death of the free media, rights (i.e. housing, tax breaks, adoption) for non-conventional family units (single parents, LGBTQ couples)
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Inequality, race, censorship, media, economic stagnation, human rights, lgbtq
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cost of living, low birth rate, aging population, LGBT issues
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Section 377A
Government’s control over social media and internet censorship
Financial transparency
POFMA and the amount of control it will give to the ruling party
Media censorship
Freedom to disagree with the ruling party and the arbitrary use of power in prosecuting those who openly voice opposing opinions
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Transparency of government. Inequality. Censorship. Immigration. Race
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Policies on providing a safety net for the elderly so that they live their lives with dignity.
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Housing policies for non-nuclear family structures

Making town council / PA/ other para-political organisations transparently non-partisan

Attitudes toward decolonisation (legally, artistically, etc)

The philosophy of truth and falsehood underlying POFMA or which it reveals; impact of POFMA on education and research

Ministers salaries

A review of the sedition act and a discussion on race relations going forward maybe?
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Human rights/equality for all. Specifically LGBT, the repeal of 377A and workplace protections
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Education reforms, universal healthcare esp for elderly; freedom of expression; climate change as in rising sea levels; repeal 377A
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I’d love a more progressive platform. Talk about affordable housing, healthcare, and education. Transparency in policy positions.
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Gay rights and more conversation about race
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Censorship/freedom of press, race relations, mental health & education system, wealth inequality, housing, representation
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- LGBTQ+ Rights
- Rights to Organize
- Minimum Wage
- Better education on social, mental health and sex Ed issues
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1. Moving to a post-race era of politics
2. Addressing cost of living issues for the youth
3. Ways to restore our democratic institutions to keep the government in check
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Rise of regional terrorism

Income inequality

Transparency of government

Racial issues


Candidates should focus more on the social issues.
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High costs of living : housing, doing business, rent, transport
Education: stressful irrelevant and unmeritocratic
Lack of safety net fir unfortunate
Retirement affordability n cpf
Medical cover by 3 M inadequate
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CPF - allow citizens to withdraw their CPF at retirement age.
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Environment, internal affairs (class/race inequalities)
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The values encompassed in our pledge, and their interpretation of its relevance in the context of present time. I remember an influential politician saying that the pledge is merely an aspiration and not a realistic goal. That memory disturbs me. I hope I am wrong because I see our pledge as important as any organisation's mission statement. If that is meant to merely be aspirational and not a goal, then I find that very troubling.
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Transparency, free speech, racism, sexism, rising xenophobia, and population policies.
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Income equality and inflation
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Abolishment of 377A
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Meritocracy/ transparency/ accountability
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Environmental sustainability, political transparency, democratization
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There are actually three main key issues:
1. How do we plan to structure an education system that’s more attuned with the demands of the 21st century?
2. Can we afford free healthcare? If yes, how? If no, why?
3. Our economy is showing signs of buckling under the pressure. How are we shaping our industries to compete far more effectively?

Thank you.
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Climate change, inequality and freedom of expression
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Cronyism.
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Income and wealth inequality; transition to renewable energy sources; foreign policy, specifically how Singapore is to respond to global trends like the trade war, and if it intends to restructure its economy to ensure it is not susceptible to global shocks; transparency in government
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Frankly we need to hear concrete plans. I am tired of the obvious criticisms of failed PAP projects, plans and schemes. Such criticisms are a dime a dozen on the Internet. But what concrete alternative plans does the Opposition have ?
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I don't wish to speak on behalf of Singaporeans that I do not know, so I will say what matters to me as a young Singaporean TM:

1. 377A. As a bi woman, the bill may not specifically apply to me but it signals Singapore's reluctance to acknowledge and respect the humanity of LGBTQ+ people. With 377A in place, queer people in Singapore are officially othered by the state narrative, and I wish for politicians to know that it isn't a small minority that cares about getting rid of it.

2. Free speech. The "fake news" bill that was recently passed sets a scary precedent for free speech in Singapore.

3. Rising cost of living. It's expensive to live in Singapore. Especially for young parents who want to raise children, it is extremely expensive to raise children in Singapore, even with the provisions that the government has. They want young people to have more children but it is difficult to raise children here. Childcare is expensive, taking family leave is frowned upon. What options are there?

4. Environment. Apart from MP Mr Louis Ng, it doesn't seem like many of the politicians in Singapore really talk about climate change and what we can do to combat it. Our recycling regime here is a joke, the fact that plastic bags are still not being charged is strange given so many countries have already done so, and the silence on the issue generally (or waffling from MEWR) is disappointing.

5. Healthcare, specifically mental health protections. Mental health facilities are incredibly important, yet most insurances don't cover for mental health costs. What gives? Mental health is also still very much stigmatised in Singapore, even with recent reports showing that more young people are attempting suicide/experience depression and related mental health struggles. Can't the government do more to improve mental health visibility and treatment in Singapore? In my experience, getting low cost and good mental health care is very difficult. Clinics are overbooked, waiting times are long (up to 3 weeks) unless you go private, in which it costs about $250 per session - a price not everyone can pay. Can something be done to improve this?
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Defining OB Markers
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I am concerned about the blatant and stark lack of accountability, transparency and independence of institutions in Singapore. This constitute bad governance, that leads to many problems like nepotism, conflict of interest etc.
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Inequality and poverty in Singapore; race and racism; social stratification
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REPEAL 377A
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lgbt rights
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Race, Equality, Environment
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Inequality, poverty, homelessness, cost of living, freedom of speech, democracy, LGBTQ+ rights, drug crime policies, climate change
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1) Primary and secondary school education. 2) Plans/policies to restructure labour market to take into account technological disruption. 3) Future cost of living, e.g. housing, basic goods and services, transportation, and healthcare.
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How can Singapore adapt to climate change? Specifically regarding rising sea levels, increased heat stress, reduced water and food security, more frequent haze, and increased possibility of another near-equator cyclone like Vamei.
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Important issues: 1. Making Singapore a truly inclusive and diverse society (we see and hear these two buzzwords a lot but reality often doesn't match rhetoric) - How do candidates plan to make this a reality? 2. Manpower / workforce issues in the face of falling total fertility rate - I think we can safely assume that the rate will not go up or go up substantially enough to hit replacement rate, so let's not focus on increasing TFR, how do candidates plan to tackle the issue of shrinking workforce? 3. Lack of security among the millliennials and Gen Z voters for the future - The combination of low job security (economic downturns are more frequent, stagnating wages and more people doing freelance work because of lack of permanent positions) and high housing prices mean that some of us millennials and Gen Z youth feel that we are financially worse off than our parents' generation. How can the candidates help us have confidence in our future here? 4. Healthcare and healthcare costs - What are their ideas for making healthcare more affordable for all, especially for those who are not low-income enough to qualify for government assistance but do have sufficient private insurance coverage either?
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environmental issues, repeal of 377a, better protection & rights for migrant workers
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Cpf and HDB flat issues
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Note: Re-submitting as I noticed errors in my earlier answers.
Important issues: 1. Making Singapore a truly inclusive and diverse society (we see and hear these two buzzwords a lot but reality often doesn't match rhetoric) - How do candidates plan to make this a reality? 2. Manpower / workforce issues in the face of falling total fertility rate - I think we can safely assume that the rate will not go up or go up substantially enough to hit replacement rate, so let's not focus on increasing TFR, how do candidates plan to tackle the issue of shrinking workforce? 3. Lack of security among the millennials and Gen Z voters for the future - The combination of low job security (economic downturns are more frequent, stagnating wages and more people doing freelance work because of lack of permanent positions) and high housing prices mean that some of us millennials and Gen Z youth feel that we are financially worse off than our parents' generation. How can the candidates help us have confidence in our future here? 4. Healthcare and healthcare costs - What are their ideas for making healthcare more affordable for all, especially for those who are not low-income enough to qualify for government assistance but do *not* have sufficient private insurance coverage either?
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Mental and physical well-being, mental health in general, LGBTQ rights as human rights, education reform, freedom of the press, media etc.
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1. Inequality & Cronyism
2. Access to Education ( Development of soft skills, Critical thinking, applied mathematical, technical skills, arts, music, sports)
3. The dependence on state-enterprise and its lacklustre performance
4. Decarbonisation and Singapore's ability to leverage on future fuels and meet the Paris goals
5. Immigration and Emigration, the impact on social fabric and the Singaporean identity
6.What is the Singapore identity
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Universal healthcare to replace profit making medisave
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LGBT rights, Racial discrimination in the work place, gender pay gap, income inequality
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State pension for every citizen to replace the CPF Ponzi scam
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The increasing use of technology by government to conduct mass surveillance, censorship and control. In Singapore, we saw the passing of POFMA, Smart Nation initiatives, SGSecure .etc recently. While there certainly are conveniences to be enjoyed, and that Big Tech is doing some similar stuff, I think for a State to do so requires special concern and citizen discussion. I am particularly worried about the rampant, unchecked used of AI-based technologies (e.g. facial recognition from smart lamp-posts, financial records as we go digital) to intrude into citizens' private lives. I'm definitely neither against Tech altogether nor planning to do anything nefarious online, but I strongly believe this is a topic Singapore needs to discuss openly about. Especially because such technology IS quantitatively and qualitatively different from everything that has come before. New Naratif has covered a related topic before, on healthcare data, but I think Citizens' Agenda would be a great chance to get our aspiring (and incumbent) politicians to account for, justify or propose new policies.
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unemployment insurance
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Greater autonomy in CPF/ Insurance options.
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Tax the rich. Make taxation progressive
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The cost of healthcare, home ownership, and tertiary education. Working towards a truly inclusive and safe society for people of different ethnicities and sexual orientations. Integrating new citizens and migrant workers, because we are a migrant society. Better consumer protection and upholding of privacy, not just as lip service.
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Singapore govt should not get in too many foreigners into our country. It diluted our Singaporean identity. Personally I welcome foreign talent but got to be selective... Invite those that got real talent to contribute to our economy n create job for Singaporean. Not those Dick, Tom n Harry to replace Singaporean job n cause social issue to our country. Singapore govt should put Singaporean as first priority in term of job and education n social welfare.
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Future of Singapore
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Inequality
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Accountability and transparency.
CPF
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Bread and butter issues like HDB, CPF, Employment, Healthcare.
Transparency issues
Competing in the next economy issues
Settle the LHL vs LHY issue.
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(Disclaimer: I am a PR who has applied for citizenship after living in Singapore since I was X years old. I am currently XX) Issues I would like to hear about incl. (1) labour rights, especially as they pertain to temporary-contract migrant workers in labour-intensive industries (incl. construction and domestic help; (2) LGBTQ+ rights and protections; (3) race-based issues and what is being done to address racial inequality; (4) socioeconomic inequality and policies that meaningfully address socioeconomic mobility across different marginalised groups; (5) environmental issues and what is being done to protect the environment on a collective/corporate level (ie. beyond telling people to stop buying plastic straws); (6) migration issues and Singapore’s refusal to help refugees and internally displaced persons.
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compassionate society, environmental sustainability, social equity, transparency and accountability of government, independence (from government) of institutions such as media, universities, unions etc
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1. Rising costs of living - if costs continue to rise and wages do not rise with costs, generations to come will only start to struggle more to make ends meet.

2. Social issues - the millennial generation (a generation that will vote for the first time this generation) will consider what candidates say about LGBTQIA+ issues and race. This forms the bedrock of the identity of our society, and is something this generation has come to care about.

3. (more for the opposition) Economics - how can an inexperienced opposition (aside from the WP) enter parliament and make sound, well-informed decisions on international and domestic economic issues when the PAP is going to rail against their perceived lack of experience in doing so?

4. Environment - what do parties hope to achieve on the environmental front?
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Retirement income
Job opportunities
Less government linked companies competing with SMEs
Affordable housing
Affordable and adequate healthcare
Tackling socioeconomic inequality
Environmentally sustainable economy
Freedom of speech
Dealing with racism
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Reserved or prioritize jobs for Singaporeans only.
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Jobs, education, wages, CPF, healthcare, inflation.
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human rights
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1) poverty and inequality; proper social safety net beyond CPF
2) LGBTI rights
3) government transparency and accountability; eg. proper data and figures on financial reserves, prosecutorial discretion, appointing of public service positions such as MRT leaders
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Education, defense budgets as well as social programmes to help the less fortunate. Taxes and car ownership policies also.
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Rights of minority or sidelined groups in SG, e.g. race, sexual orientation, single mothers etc. and how parties plan to engage them to give them more say and rights in society
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Housing, freedom of speech, healthcare
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Loosening of censorship laws to allow basic right of freedom of speech, separation of powers in law (basically allow people fair trials rather than letting the AGC have wtv way), real commitment and action to restoring work-life balance and mental health in Singaporeans, nuanced and educated discussion on race and ethnicity
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The refusal to do away with the CMIO policy
Increased censorship
Inefficiency in the government, e.g. town councils
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Why do you truly want to go into politics? If you were paid just half, would you still do it? Who are you serving? Yourself or the people.
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1. The climate crisis and curtailing the expansion of Jurong Island
2. POFMA and freedom of speech in our country
3. Racism in Singapore and the nation's inability to acknowledge it as a problem
4. Repealing 377A and all other discriminatory practises against the LGBTQ+ community
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1) Race (especially with regard to the lack of anti-discrimination laws, which extends to gender, sexuality and essentially any other way a human being can be discriminated against)
2) Climate Change
3) Income Inequality
4) Freedom of Speech (with primary concerns about the “Fake News Bill”)
5) Education (there have been some changes in the education system recently to try to reduce pressure on students, but I do not believe that these changes will be effective. Primarily because the issue is a much more deeply-rooted one of the attitudes of Singaporeans towards success, but also because the education system is essentially the same and it is merely being repackaged to look more inclusive and accommodating. The fact that this repackaging has come in a period where elections are looming does seem to call the intention , and hence th ultimate effectiveness of, these “reforms” into question.)
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isu² yang bagi saya penting untuk dibincangkan dalam pilihanraya kali ini ialah kebertanggungjawapan/accountability daripada government singapura. Tetapi, yang bagi saya akan saya sangat rasakan ialah kebebasan berkumpul dan berkongsi di tempat² ramai.
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1. What will you do to address our strong links to the fossil fuel industry in light of our climate emergency? 2. In light of studies depicting the minimum income required for a household/senior citizen to merely survive in Singapore (somewhere between 2000-3000 SGD per month), what will you do to address these needs? 3. Is healthcare a right? Yes or no? 4. Are FDWs and Sex workers employees in Singapore? If so, do you support them being included in our Employment Act? 5. What is your stance on anti-discrimination laws in employment? 6. What is your view on having a minimum wage? 7. Should the voting age be lowered to 18? Why or why not? Especially in a time when global warming disproportionately affects the younger than the older generation (in fact, under capitalist conditions, their interests are potentially at odds with each other).
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Fake news law, Penal code, depreciating value of 99 year lease and oversupply of HDB flats
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Climate change and environmental conservation. We are a 'green city', a 'garden city', but it feels so superficial if we aren't taking the lead to address one of the most pressing existential issues of our generation. Singapore can do so much more to be a leader in ASEAN and spearhead SEA in tackling climate change
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How sustainable is the status quo?
What can we change to improve upon it?
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the values we uphold as a society, including those of prioritising each citizen’s wellbeing and treating everyone well
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sluggish economy
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Adequate, affordable healthcare for all citizens regardless of age, wealth, status.
2. HDB lease depreciating to zero value. Deal with it without exploding the affordability of resale HDB.
3. Usage of my own CPF savings. When will the tightening stop?
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we need to remove the amount of corruptions within the present ruling system, its too huge and is out of control now.
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Return our CPF as we hit a certain age. This age could be determined by a referendum .
Why do we need to have our CPF ? Because many of us are poor so poor that they have CPF but couldn't use it . They couldn't use it even if they are sick and they need their funds to seek treatment . How could the CPF be better used . A committee could be formed to determine if a citizen hasn't reached the determined age and he or she has an urgent need to use his or her fund
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Transparency in al forms. This includes backgrounds of political appointees, national budget, accessibility of state benefits and cpf.
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Inequality should be high on the agenda, as well as a review on meritocracy.

Sustainability should also be very important - Singapore has a big role to play as a financial capital. To what extent is this money channeled to support unsustainable companies?
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Birth rate, cost of living and government's help for SMEs
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What specific and concrete policies (whether new or modified from wxisting pnes) does the candidate propose that must be put in place when vote don't ito parliament to address (1) the greying population; (2) widening inequality gap; (3) rising health care cost; (4) diminishing capacity of public infrastructure (especially transport and health care institutions)
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systemic racism in singapore affecting working class brown minorities, homelessness, anti-lgbt laws to be repealed, abolishing death penalty for drug trafficking, universal welfare and healthcare, cause of climate crisis is oil & gas, ending female genital cutting in malay muslim community (muslim doctors to abide by WHO guidelines), lower voting age to 18
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How to improve the life of the poor and people without access to computers or mobile phones
How to tackle racism and Chinese privilege
What they are doing to reduce income inequality
How much are they investing in libraries
What they are doing to increase transparency in governance
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Jobs
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Economic issues and slowing down immigration especially foreign workers and foreign professionals. Checking the migrant workers and migrant professionals of their certificates and degrees are fake or not.
In job markets, Singaporeans should be given priority to be given the job first. After many tries, no Singaporean take the job, then the company hiring must write in to MOM. MOM then must see the salary is suitable based on the job scope.
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An honest passionate experience person potentially able to helm the various minister positions and be able to drive Singapore to a greater height. Talk sense and accountable
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