As the nation celebrates our 48th birthday, the government has also made a fundamental shift in our policies.
Firstly, the government is providing higher additional housing grants for Singaporeans applying HDB flat for the first time, subject to a household income ceiling of $6,500 per month (). This would allow more than half of the Singaporean households to benefit from the new scheme, making the HDB flats more affordable.
Secondly, the current MediShield would be improved and renamed as MediShield Life (www.moh.gov.sg) that provides life-long universal medical coverage with no upper age limit and will extend to all Singaporeans, including those currently not insured. This would provide Singaporeans with more affordable health care and better peace of mind.
Thirdly, the Ministry of Education (MOE) would make some changes to the PSLE scoring system. Earlier this year, during Our Singapore Conversations (OSC) held at Jurong Green Community Club where more than 800 residents & 85% participated. During the session, a poll was taken and more than 85% of the participants voted to keep the PSLE while some suggested a tweak to the system. To this, MOE would be replacing the T-scores with grade bands like at the GCE 'O' and 'A'- Level examinations (www.moe.gov.sg).
Although the OSC is officially coming to a close (http://oursgconversation.sg/reflections), Singaporeans can continue to provide your feedback through various policy consultation sessions. For example, Ministry of Health (MOH) will hold a public consultation in the fourth quarter of 2013 to seek feedback on the proposed shifts for MediShield Life. Similarly, Jurong Central would also hold forums from time to time to encourage Jurong residents to discuss policies that impact our lives. The last similar session was a post National Day Rally dialogue held on 25 Aug 13. Our next session will be held sometime in Oct 13, so please look out for our notice in this website.
Looking forward to seeing you at our next community event or discussion forum!