National Solidarity Party GE2020 manifesto
“The National Solidarity Party (NSP) is a democratic, pragmatic and progressive political party that treasures values towards building an open society – A society for all.”NSP GE2020 manifesto
These points have been extracted from the NSP GE2020 manifesto.
Read it in full here.
🍏 On population growth
- Singapore should undertake population growth gradually, in line with infrastructure readiness.
- It should be organic growth with initiatives to increase the fertility rate and a comprehensive security net for children up to 18 years old.
💸 On taxes
- Do not increase GST further than 7% or 9%. Look beyond GST for revenue sources.
- Increase tax credits for citizens caring for aged parents or school-going children.
💰 On CPF
- Allow withdrawals from CPF Ordinary Accounts when citizens are retrenched or facing hardship. Each household should be allowed to withdraw a maximum of $3000 per month, up to 6-months, and capped at 20% of the Ordinary Account. Such withdrawals should be fully repaid once the account holder is gainfully employed.
- Expand the list of tertiary education providers that are CPF-approved.
📊 On the economy
- Committed to an open and free competitive economy. The government’s role should be confined to formulating policies to enhance national development and economic growth.
- There should be a balanced ration between foreign and local investments.
- Local SMEs and micro-businesses should be assisted to lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance compeititveness.
🛒 On privatisation
- Essential entities should not depend on shareholders’ interest alone and should be sustained by a responsible government.
💼 On employment
- Citizens to be prioritised in the workforce.
🏠 On housing
- HDB should resume its core responsibilities, including the provision of quality public housing at cost-plus prices.
- HDB should release comprehensive details of the costs of each project.
- The government should render more assistance to those with financial difficulties.
- Increase the supply of subsidised rental flats to reduce waiting time for applicants. Prohibit the use of such flats to house foreign workers.
- HDB flats owned by permanent residents should be prohibited from resale within 8 years of ownership. Any profit realised from a sale of such a flat should be subject to taxation to prevent speculation. Such flats should also be prohibited from being leased out either wholly or in part.
🚑 On healthcare
- The government should establish an affordable Comprehensive Medical Insurance (CMI) that covers hospitalisation and outpatient treatment, including COVID-19 treatment, at private or restructured hospitals, polyclinics or affiliated private clinics. The CMI should cover all pre-existing medical conditions for children.
- The CMI should be mandatory for all citizens, with the government contributing at least 50% of premiums payable. It may also be extended to foreign workers, permanent residents, and foreigners residing in Singapore, but without the premium subsidy.
- Full payment of the CMI premium should be granted for citizens receiving public assistance.
- Promote the use of generic drugs. Reconsider free trade agreements that restrict the rights to use generic versions of drugs.
📚 On education
- Subsidised education should be extended to nursery and pre-primary levels. Administration of nursery and pre-primary education should be under MOE instead of MCYS.
- Citizens on government scholarships should serve their obligations in Singapore, but without being strictly limited to doing so within a ministry or statutory board.
🚌 On public transport
- Prioritise availability, accessibility, affordability, safety, convenience, and reliability.
- Monitor public transport operators closely to prevent unreasonable fare hikes.
- Persons with disabilities or receiving public assistance should be eligible for concessionary passes.
- All concession pass holders should be allowed concession rates at all times.
🔒 On defence
- Singapore should adopt a moderate and restrained posture and support regional cooperation and joint defence.
- Reduce the national defence expenditure steadily to cap it at 4.5% of GDP.
- The Internal Security Act should not be abused to suppress political dissidents or create fear among the electorate. All political or security detainees should be allowed a fair trial.
- POFMA should be reviewed and abolished if necessary.