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Updated: 02/26/2013 07:06 | By Channel NewsAsia

MPs welcome govt’s schemes to help low income, elderly S’poreans

MPs welcome govt’s schemes to help low income, elderly S’poreans


MPs welcome govt’s schemes to help low income, elderly S’poreans

SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament told MediaCorp they welcomed the government’s schemes to help low income as well as elderly Singaporeans.

Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, Tin Pei Ling suggested the schemes to be made more accessible for the elderly.

Ms Tin said: "Some of the measures that were announced, for example, some of the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) and the top—ups that the elderly can look forward to receiving will to a certain degree benefit them. I hope the government will continue to review these measures and see how it can be more easily accessible for our elderly.

"Some of the things I think the elderly will be looking out for or would potentially benefit is understanding what these schemes are about, how to go about getting them and therefore truly benefiting from these schemes that are put aside for them."

MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Yeo Guat Kwang believes employers should share the gains if there is productivity growth with their employees.

"All the while we have been advocating if there is any productivity growth, I think the company should share the gains with all the employees. But as you can see in the past, the progress has been very slow. We are glad that this time round, government is taking such decisive moves to encourage the employers to do so," said Mr Yeo.

Mr Yeo added: "I think with the Wage Credit, I would say that employers at this point would have no excuse not to adjust the salary for all the workers who have put in so much effort to up their productivity. I hope to see all the employers respond positively."

— CNA/fa

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