- POSTED: 15 May 2014 14:01
- UPDATED: 15 May 2014 23:39
Chia Shi-Lu, Denise Phua, Liang Eng Hwa and Sitoh Yih Pin will be the new chairs of four Government Parliamentary Committees (GPCs).
SINGAPORE: The People's Action Party has announced new leaders for four of its Government Parliamentary Committees (GPC), a day before Parliament reconvenes on Friday.
GPCs were formed to scrutinise policies of the various government ministries.
The leadership for the remaining seven GPCs remains unchanged.
In the GPC for Social and Family Development, Moulmein-Kallang MP Denise Phua takes over from former chair Seah Kian Peng, with Dr Lily Neo as deputy chair.
A champion for the special needs sector, Ms Phua said she will also focus on services for the elderly and preschool education.
"And of course, one of my favourite topics is gambling. I think that we need to be careful of the place of gambling in our country, be it casino gambling or online gambling.
“These are the things, and many others, that my team and I will be looking out for and will be trying to make a difference in,” she said.
In the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin takes over from Dr Lim Wee Kiak, with Mr Alex Yam now deputy chair.
As for the GPC for Finance and Trade and Industry, Holland-Bukit Timah MP Liang Eng Hwa takes over from Ms Jessica Tan, while Mr Ong Teng Koon is deputy chair.
Mr Liang's focus stays on Singapore's economic restructuring, and how to help companies cope.
"Many of the SMEs are impacted, especially by the tightening up of foreign labour. So that is one area that we think the GPC should hear them more, and it should also reflect some of these concerns to the government, and to agencies,” said Mr Liang.
The GPC for Health will be headed by Tanjong Pagar MP Chia Shi-Lu, who takes over from Dr Lam Pin Min. The new deputy chair is Ms Tin Pei Ling.
"One of the key objectives in the new term is also to broaden the outreach to the public, because healthcare is something that all of us have an opinion about.
“And as a GPC we want to hear all these opinions, and feedback to the relevant ministry and make sure that everybody out there is heard,” said Dr Chia.
Dr Chia said a lot of the GPCs' work goes on behind the scenes.
So one challenge for the newly appointed GPC leaders is how to bring their policy findings, feedback, and advocacy to the forefront of national issues.