28 Feb '11, 1pm

Budget 2011: MPs concerned about impact of foreign worker levy increases

SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament raised their concerns about the impact of foreign worker levy increases on businesses on the first day of the Budget Debate, with some calling for a tiered approach. The MPs also suggested how the government could help the small and medium enterprises and how workers could tap on the various training schemes. 23 MPs spoke on Monday. Many MPs described the budget as pro-growth and pro-Singaporean. Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of Northwest CDC, said: "Many were grateful that the government has responded and addressed their key concerns of rising cost of living, affordable housing and children's education expenses." MP for Sembawang GRC, Dr Lim Wee Kiak, added: "The man on the street may be more excited and interested in the amount each and every family is receiving from the Grow and Share package. The more important aspect of the budget is the long t...

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