People’s Action Party GE2020 manifesto:
Our Lives, Our Jobs, Our Future
“We will work with you to chart a new direction for Singapore in a post-Covid-19 era. We will draw on our collective ideas, strengths and abilities to: emerge stronger as an economy, emerge stronger as a society, emerge stronger as a people.”PAP GE2020 manifesto
These points have been extracted from the PAP GE2020 manifesto.
Read it in full here.
GST • COVID-19 and healthcare • Migrant worker health • COVID-19 and jobs • Economy • Job creation • Workers aged 40-60 • Senior workers • Young job seekers • Lower wage workers • Workers with disabilities • Social and financial support • Children with special education needs • Preschoolers • Students • Seniors • Healthcare • Social resilience • Environment
💸 On GST
- GST will increase from 7% to 9% but not before 2022.
- Implement a $6 billion Assurance Package to pay for GST increase for 5 years for most households and 10 years for lower income households.
- Enhance GST permanent voucher scheme.
- The government will continue to absorb GST on publicly subsidised healthcare and education.
💊 On COVID-19 healthcare response
- Continue to support and equip healthcare professionals and frontline agencies to provide excellent healthcare for all.
- Provide free in-patient treatment for Covid-19 at public hospitals.
- The government has already allocated $20 billion to the Ministry of Health in recent budgets.
- Ramp up Covid-19 testing and tracing capabilities.
- Invest in research and development for Covid-19 treatments and vaccines, ensuring it will be available to all Singaporeans who need them.
- Ensuring everyone can obtain protective items (e.g. masks), establish new norms for safe interaction, improve public hygiene as a national effort.
🩺 On the health of migrant workers
- Committed to complete health clearance for migrant workers ensuring that they be able to safety return to work.
- To build additional housing for migrant workers according to new operating models and improved standards.
🧰 On COVID-19 impact on jobs
- Providing wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS).
- Assistance to the self-employed under the Self-Employed Person Scheme (SIRS).
- Financial assistance to retrenched workers and those suffering significant income loss under the Temporary Relief Scheme (TRS) and the Covid-19 Support Grant (CSG).
📊 On the economy
- To stabilise the economic situation the PAP is helping businesses with cash flow, costs and credit; passing laws for rental relief; providing assistance to hardest hit sectors.
- Accelerate digital transformation of all industries.
- Assist firms to innovate and adapt with Transformation and Growth Packages.
- Provide SMEs with extra support through the SMEs Go Digital, SkillsFuture Enterprise Credits.
- Promote new growth sectors – innovation and technology, biomedical, ICT, cybersecurity, food manufacturing, medical care and education.
- Establish green lane arrangements for safe travel with other countries.
- Pursue international cooperation and expand Singapore’s trade networks and participate actively in the global digital economy.
- Diversify Singapore’s sources of food and essential supplies and build resilient supply chains.
🏭 On job creation
- Established the National Jobs Council to oversee the effort of job creation.
- Create 100,000 new job opportunities.
- Set up satellite career centres in all HDB towns.
- Scale up programmes for career conversion and skills upgrading with the Next Bound of SkillsFuture.
- Strengthen safeguards for jobseekers under the Fair Consideration Framework.
- Provide financial incentives for employers to hire or redeploy their local workers.
🧑 On workers aged 40-60
- Boost employment for Singaporeans aged 40-60.
- Through providing extra SkillsFuture credits and heavily subsidizing reskilling programmes.
- Providing mid-career pathway programmes.
- Offer special incentives for employers to hire workers aged 40-60.
👵 On senior workers
- Encouraging the employment of senior workers through the Senior Employment Credit, providing grants for re-employment, and supporting firms and industries to redesign jobs.
👩🎓 On young job seekers
- Strengthening career support for new graduates.
- Establish structured traineeships with firms.
- Offer free continuing education and training.
- Prepare job seekers for regional opportunities through the Global Ready Talent programme.
⚙️ On lower wage workers
- Enhancing Workfare support.
- Extend the Progressive Wage Model to more industries.
👩🦽 On workers with disabilities
- The PAP will work with employers to hire persons with disabilities, including through the Enabling Employment Credit.
🧍♂️ On families with children with special education needs (SEN)
- Raise awareness of SEN promoting greater inclusivity.
- Make special education more affordable and open new Special Education Schools.
- Increase support for SEN students beyond age 18.
👦 On families with preschoolers
- Enhance subsidies making preschool affordable as primary school.
- Increase government share of supported preschools to 80% and double the number of MOE kindergartens to 60.
- Enhance the quality of preschool through the National Institute for Early Childhood Education.
📚 On students
- Provide greater support to students from vulnerable backgrounds and those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
- Accelerate the National Digital Literacy programme.
- Make Home-Based Learning an integral part of education.
- Introduce more interdisciplinary learning in higher education.
- Refresh the Character and Citizenship Education curriculum.
- Deepen professional expertise of teachers with SkillsFuture for Educators.
👴 On seniors
- Provide networks of support through the Community Network for Seniors.
- Free entry to public gyms and pools for seniors.
- Provide financial security in retirement with the Matched Retirement Savings Scheme, enhanced Silver Support, and the Silver Housing Bonus and Lease Buyback schemes.
🚑 On healthcare
- Expand the polyclinic network from 20 to 32 by 2030.
- Redevelop the Singapore General Hospital and National University Hospital.
- Complete the Novena Community Hospital by 2022.
🌏 On the environment
- Deploy more solar panels on building rooftops and reservoirs, and converting food waste to energy at Tuas Nexus to produce more clean energy.
- Reduce greenhouse emissions.
- Plant one million trees and new mangrove areas.
- Add 200 hectares of nature parks and 140 hectares of city parks and gardens in the next 5 years.
- Enhance green corridors and park connectors so that every household is a 10 minutes walk from a park.
- Introduce sustainable living with the HDB Green Towns Programme.
- Rejuvenate Singapore’s heartlands through the Remaking Heartlands programme.
🤝 On social and financial support