Aug 19, 2013

    Highlights of PM Lee's speech


    The Government will enhance the Community Health Assist Scheme by removing the current minimum age of 40 to include younger Singaporeans.

    It will also increase subsidies for lower- and middle-income patients at specialist outpatient clinics, and means-test those who seek additional subsidies.

    MediShield will be revamped to become MediShield Life, in order to cover every Singaporean for life, including the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses.

    It will provide Singaporeans with better protection for very large bills.

    Under the Pioneer Generation Package, the Government will help those who are retired and in their late 60s or older pay for their MediShield Life premiums.


    The Government will add 20,000 childcare places in the next five years.

    It will also contribute to the Edusave accounts of every student aged seven to 16, including homeschoolers, and madrasah and overseas students.

    From next year, at least 40 places, or 10 to 15 per cent of enrolment, will be set aside at every primary school for children with no prior connection to the school.

    The current Primary 1 admission process, which gives priority to siblings and children of alumni, will be preserved. This helps each school develop unique traditions, history and identities.

    A different scoring system in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will be created, based on wider bands like in the O and A levels.

    The Education Ministry will provide more flexibility and choice in secondary schools for students to tailor their education to their abilities and development.

    For example, Secondary 1 students in all streams will be able to take a subject at a higher level if they have done well in that subject in PSLE.

    To keep admission to top secondary schools open, the Direct School Admissions categories will be broadened to admit outstanding students with special qualities, such as character, resilience, drive and leadership.


    The Government will make sure every Singaporean family who is working can afford their home by keeping Build-to-Order flat prices stable, while increasing support for lower- and middle-income households.

    Families who can afford to buy only two-room flats will be given a new Step-up Housing Grant (SHG) to help them upgrade to three-room flats later.

    The SHG for low-income first-timers will also be extended to middle-income households, helping them to afford three-room or four-room flats.


    The Government will set up a volunteer youth corps with resources and mentors, providing youth with more opportunities to take part in community projects.


    The Government will build a new Republic of Singapore Air Force airbase and a fourth runway in Changi East.

    Paya Lebar Airbase will be moved to Changi, freeing up area for new homes, offices and factories.

    A new port will be built in Tuas, where all container ports will be moved when their leases expire from 2027. Freed-up prime land in Tanjong Pagar will take the shape of a new Southern Waterfront City.