Singapore: Younger and more diverse Parliament faces age-old challenge of tackling job issues amid COVID-19

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Singapore: Younger and more diverse Parliament faces age-old challenge of tackling job issues amid COVID-19

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A younger and more gender-diverse Parliament, which opens on Monday (Aug 24), will have its hands full with one important job in the near future: creating and matching employment opportunities for Singaporeans.

The 14th Parliament will convene in the midst of an economic downturn spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has triggered Singapore’s worst recession since independence and the country’s highest unemployment rate in more than a decade.

Several first-time parliamentarians in the new House, which comprises 83 elected Members of Parliament (MPs) from the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), 10 from the opposition Workers’ Party, as well as two Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs), cited the jobs challenge among the key issues they plan to speak about.

Click here to read the full article published by Channel New Asia on 24 August 2020.

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