Updated: 05/17/2014 02:31

Parliament to reopen with speech from President



Parliament to reopen with speech from President

The Singapore Parliament re-opens today after a mid-term break which lasted a month. 

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will deliver a speech to open the second session of the twelfth parliament. 

He's expected to announce the priorities, policies and programmes of the government for the second session. 

This would be the second time he's doing so for the twelfth parliament. 

Shortly after he took office in 2011, President Tony Tan opened Parliament with a speech detailing what he called "a new phase of Singapore's development". 

Then, he outlined the goals for the new session and what it meant for the various segments of society. 

This evening's speech is expected to be no different, except that this halfway mark will enable parliamentarians to take stock of what has been done so far. 

When this session of parliament was prorogued last month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the past two and a half years has seen vigorous debates in the House - from issues like ministerial salaries to the Population White Paper. 

Parliament had also passed major policies like the Pioneer Generation Package. 

Members of Parliament agree there have been significant reforms on many fronts resulting from debates in the first session but maintain there is much to be done. 

This includes seeing through plans that have been laid out in key sectors such as transport and healthcare. 

938LIVE willl carry the President's speech live at 8.30PM

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