1 Day Batam CNY Tour (Departure Date: 30 Jan 2016)

DAY 01 (Singapore Time)

Collect your boarding pass at Batamfast Counter.Depart by high speed ferry to Batam, ferry depart timing: 09:20hrs。Batamfast Counter领取船票,乘坐09.20am的船出发前往Batam

(Batam time)

09:20 hrs Upon arrive at Sekupang International Ferry Terminal and after immigration and customs you will be greets by PT.Nusajaya Indofast T&T tour guide and escorted to awaiting air-conditioned bus and start our One Day Batam City & Shopping Tour, en route you will be visit :

09.20 am抵达 Sekupang渡轮总站,导游将会带领你们开始Batam行程:

➢ Fortune Temple /财神庙, Polo Outlet / POLO 专 卖 店, Batam Chocolate House / 巧 克

➢ Bengkong Kampung Seni / Bengkong 艺 术 村, Golden Bay City /金海湾主题公园

➢ Layer Homemade Cake Lapis / DIANA 千 层 糕

➢ Lunch at 933 seafood restaurant / 午餐在当地餐馆, Indonesia Cultural Dance / 本地文化舞蹈库达呼集总

➢ Bengkong Dry Market / 干料市, Batik Factory Outlet & First Factory Outlet / BATIK专卖店 & FIRST FACTORY 专卖店, Last stop will be at BCS Mall / 购物中


18:00 hrs Transfer to pier. 19.00pm ferry from Sekupang to Singapore. / 18.00pm前往渡轮总站,乘坐19.00pm的船返回新加坡。

**Itinerary is Subject to Change, Term and Condition will apply.**


Tour Fare: SGD 65 per adult     SGD 60 per child (below 12 years old)


  1. 2 Ways Ferry Ticket ( SIN/BTH/SIN )

  2. Singapore PDF of S$6/pax, Fuel Surcharge of S$14/pax and Batam Terminal Fee of $8/person

  3. 01 Day Batam City Tour with lunch at local restaurant

  4. Guide and Driver Tipping

  5. 02 ways express immigration clearance check in-out (Depart to/from Sekupang Terminal Only)

  6. Insurance coverage of $10000 & medical fee of $500.(Coverage for below 80 years old)

  7. Private land transfer


  1. Rooms service, Optional Tours, Porterage Fee, Visa Fee, and all expense of purely personal nature.


2D1N Batam Shopping Tour (Departure Date: 30 Jan 2016)

DAY 01 (Singapore Time)
Collect your boarding pass at Batamfast Counter.Depart by high speed ferry to Batam, ferry depart timing: 08:20hrs。在Batamfast Counter领取船票,乘坐08.20am的船出发前往Batam。

(Batam time)
08:20 hrs Upon arrive at Sekupang International Ferry Terminal and after immigration and customs you will be greets by PT.Nusajaya Indofast T&T tour guide and escorted to awaiting air-conditioned bus and start our One Day Batam City & Shopping Tour, en route you will be visit :
08.20am抵达 Sekupang渡轮总站,导游将会带领你们开始Batam行程:-
Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Temple /天 恩 弥 勒 佛 院, Polo Outlet / POLO 专 卖 店, Batam Chocolate House / 巧 克 力 屋, Bengkong Kampung Seni / Bengkong 艺 术 村, Golden Bay City /金海湾主题公园, Homemade Cake Lapis /千 层 糕 工 厂, Bird Nest Shop / 燕窝专卖店
➢ Lunch at 933 seafood restaurant / 午餐在933海鲜餐馆
➢ Indonesia Cultural Dance / 本地文化舞蹈“库达呼集总
➢ Bengkong Dry Market / 干料市场
➢ Batik Factory Outlet & First Factory Outlet / BATIK专卖店 & FIRST FACTORY 专卖店
➢ Last stop will be at BCS Mall / 购物中心

Transfer to Hotel for check-in & Free Leisure.Dinner at Shangrila local restaurant / 前往酒店办理入住手续 ,享用晚餐在Shangrila餐馆。

DAY 02 (Batam Time)
07:00 hrs Breakfast / 在酒店享用早餐
09:00 hrs Free Leisure un-till check-out /自由活动
10:00 hrs Check Out Hotel.Dimsum Lunch at Swiss Bell Harbour Bay Hotel/ 办理退房手续。享用点心午餐在Swiss Bell Harbour Bay Hotel
15.00 hrs Visit Toa Pek Gong Temple/ 参观大伯公庙。
16:30 hrs Transfer to pier. 17.10pm ferry from Sekupang to Singapore. / 16.30pm前往渡轮总站,乘坐17.10pm的船返回新加坡。
**Itinerary is Subject to Change, Term and Condition will apply.**


The Package Include of :
02 Ways Ferry Tickets ( SIN/BTH/SIN ), Singapore PDF of S$6/Pax, Fuel Surcharge of S$14/Pax and Batam Terminal Fee of S$8/Pax, 01 Night Accommodation with daily breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner, Tipping for guide and driver, 02 Ways Express Immigration Clearance check in – out for Sekupang Terminal Only, Land Transfer and Guide Assist, Group Insurance S$10,000 & S$500 Medical Insurance (coverage for below 80 yrs old)

The Package Exclude of :
Personal Insurance, Optional Tour, Porterage Fee, Visa Fee USD15/Pax, Room Service and all other expenses

Property Cooling Measures

On 16 September 2015, the Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore called for the government to reduce property cooling measures to prevent a collapse of the housing market. While the Democratic Progressive Party agrees that a market collapse is not desirable for anyone, we would also point out that it is in REDAS’ interest to keep housing prices high—but not necessarily for the rest of Singapore.

The DPP recognises that property developers are under enormous pressure. They need to sell off their remaining properties before they are charged huge taxes, fines and interest rates. At current market rate, some developers are already losing $100 to $200 psf sold. Such a loss margin is unsustainable for the industry, and one way for developers to recoup their losses is to ensure prices remain high by lifting cooling measures.

The property market in Singapore is complicated by the fact that Singapore’s property index has not reached its maturity or actual price. Singapore’s property prices are still behind those of Tokyo, Korea and Hong Kong. Should the status quo remain, developers stand to lose so much money that the smaller ones might be forced to close.

However, the DPP argues that such a broad-strokes approach would instead further distort the market and make things worse for Singapore. A more nuanced approach is required. We argue that Singapore should retain the Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) to prevent property speculation and demand inflation. Lifting the ABSD wholesale would deprive people who need to stay in those properties, especially people whose income exceeds the income cap for a HDB flat.

The government could instead consider imposing the ABSD on Singaporean citizens only if they buy a third home. This would help Singaporeans buy up some of the excess supply on the property market. This would stimulate the economy and provide jobs in the sector and related industries, without unnecessarily depriving lower-income Singaporeans of housing.

As for permanent residents and foreigners , the government should retain the existing ABSD of 7% and 10% respectively. If possible, the government should also study exempting ABSD for permanent residents who have stayed in Singapore for a lengthy period of time,

Instead, Singapore should lift the seller stamp duty. This would allow homeowners who have overcommitted or have multiple properties to sell their properties earlier, even at a lower price. This would increase the affordability of housing in Singapore, and give property owners and developers an exit strategy should interest rates increase in the future.

Developers could also take additional measures to protect themselves. They could build smaller units. Such a move would reduce their cost, while making housing more affordable to Singaporeans, as the smaller size would reduce the maximum loan quantum and the resultant debt burden. This could enable people to actually afford a second home, increasing property demand. Alternatively, developers could change the manner of holding from freehold to 99 years and make their properties cheaper. This would present the market with a choice between a HDB flat and a condominium slightly smaller than the average condo, but also only slightly more than a flat. This would encourage people to buy more condos, easing the burden on the market for HDB flats and increasing demand for private property.

The government’s profits from land sales are channeled into the reserves or investments, and the DPP recognises that this is a prudent policy. However, with land so scarce in Singapore, the govenrment should also consider increasing the price of land to prevent reckless property speculation and ensure sufficient space for Singapore’s needs. The DPP also argues that a higher percentage of Singapore’s returns on these investments should go into providing grants and enabling low interest rates for the first homes of our citizens. While the government has previously increased Singapore’s housing grants, they are unable to compensate for the increased prices of BTO flats. We argue instead that the grants and prices of BTO flats should be pegged together. This would enable the sandwich class, in particular those with too high an income for HDB flats but too low an income to afford bona fide private property, to afford homes.

The formula for stamp duty should also be revised. Currently, the stamp duty uses a tiered system, with the first tier set at $100,000 and the second tier for the next $100,000, We note that there are very few properties today that can be purchased for under $200,000, rendering the formula obsolete.

Going a step further, the government should strive to decouple the public housing market from the private housing market. The government should take charge of the former to meet the housing needs of the average Singapore, while the latter should be governed by market forces. Currently, the HDB market enables an artificial hedge for investors in the private property market, as they can live in a condominium while renting out a HDB flat. This inflates the prices of the public housing market. The DPP calls for the HDB to revert to the earlier rule of requiring property owners to live in the HDB flat if they own both a flat and a condo, or else sell one of the properties. This would enable bottom-up correction of the housing market, normalizing the prices of the public housing.

Instead of outright abolishing property cooling measures, the DPP calls for more nuanced policies to correct the market. This would ensure that Singaporeans can continue to afford homes, that there would be increased choices in the market, and that property developers can continue to prosper.


We believe in a collaborative, collective government that brings talent from different political parties into Parliament in constructive cooperation for the good of Singapore.

We believe in elected MPs who listen to their people, and bring their concerns and voices into Parliament, to be heard by government.

We believe people want equal opportunities, fair employment, sustainable jobs, living wages, reduced cost-of-living, affordable healthcare, reliable public transport, assistance in business, control over their CPF monies, and a worry-free retirement.

We believe people want an economy with affordable costs, built on strong, healthy, growing local businesses, owned and run by Singaporeans, and not be squeezed out of the market by GLCs and MNCs.

We believe people want a clean and protected environment, conducive surroundings to raise a family, assisted living for the young, old and handicapped, and responsive Town Councils.

We believe people want local representatives in their NCs, RCs and CCCs, to be apolitical, bottom-up, selfless, concerned for the community, and provide real feedback to the Town Councils and Government.

We believe people want a de-politicised Town Council, with equal access to Government grants and support, equal priority for infrastructural upgrading, and no political bias.

We believe people want to be respected, heard, listened to, and represented, by humble, down-to-earth, emphatic, sincere and real MPs, who are committed to be true representatives of the people in Parliament.

We, the SPP-DPP joint team for Bishan Toa Payoh, hear you, and we will speak for you, in your community, in Parliament, and in Government.

Vote us in.

DPP strikes deal with SPP on Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Joint Team

ST_20150821_DPP211DEM_1619988The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have reached agreement on jointly contesting Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC, with party leaders saying all that remains is to put pen to paper.

DPP chief Benjamin Pwee, who is spokesman for DPP, and the SPP’s Ravi Philemon told The Straits Times at a walkabout last night that outstanding disagreements have been resolved and a “Memorandum of Agreement” will be inked early next week.

Said Mr Philemon: “As far as I know, everything has been resolved, everything has been ironed out, we are ready to go.”
He and Mr Pwee said both sides have resolved the sticky issue of which party should contribute more candidates for the five-member slate that is contesting the GRC. But they refused to divulge details.

On Sunday, SPP chairman Lina Chiam said her party should ideally have three seats.

This came a week after the DPP unilaterally introduced four possible candidates for the slate.

Last night, however, the two parties put up a united front.

“We are not going to say there is going to be this much from SPP and this much from DPP. We are going in as a joint team so that’s how we are looking at this contest,” Mr Philemon said.

Putting his arm around Mr Pwee’s shoulder, he added: “We are one, we are together. There are no two parties. We are going in as if we are one party.”

Mr Pwee, 47, said once a formal agreement is in place, he and any other DPP candidate slated for the joint team would quit the party and join the SPP.

This follows an earlier agreement that the joint team would contest the under the SPP banner.

Mr Pwee and Mr Philemon said the slate for the GRC will be announced only on Nomination Day.

But the walkabout in Toa Payoh Central last night offered some clues about those who might be in the slate to contest against the People’s Action Party’s team led by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

Two new faces were among the SPP’s volunteers: former sales and marketing manager Law Kim Hwee, 55, and training company owner Abdillah Zamzuri, 31. Both of them declined to speak to The Straits Times but are said to be probable candidates.

According to his LinkedIn page, Mr Abdillah was a volunteer with Malay self-help group Mendaki and Cairnhill Community Club grassroots leader.

Apart from Mr Pwee, two other DPP candidates for the team could come from among party chairman Hamim Aliyas, 50; businessman Chia Ser Lin, 46; and tech start-up vice-president Nadine Yap, 46.

Report by Jeremy Au Yong , Straits Times
Additional reporting by Lim Yan Min-Liang Tan
Photo credit, Lim Yaohui

Wanted: Sign Language Interpreters


1. Looking for sign language interpreters
DPP is looking out for sign language interpreters to interpret for rallies and other political or election-related events. In view of the upcoming General Elections and related campaigning activities, the DPP fully supports Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf) wishes to highlight the importance of providing equal access to the electoral process to the Deaf community. This would enable persons who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing to make an informed choice when casting their votes. If anyone has sign language interpretation abilities, please sign up as a volunteer at www.dpp.sg/volunteer (all sign language interpreter volunteers are regarded as having neutrality in terms of political affiliation.)

2. Reserved area at election rally venues
A reserved area will also be arranged at election rally venues for persons with disabilities. This would allow wheelchair users to have a better view of the activities on stage and not be blocked by others, as well as enable them to manoeuvre their wheelchairs or other mobility vehicles when getting in and out of the rally venue. The reserved area will also help persons who are deaf or hard of hearing to have a clear view of the sign language interpreter on stage, if any.

DPP Policy Working Group

The DPP’s Policy Working Group met on Sunday afternoon to discuss the key issues that will form the election campaign platform for the DPP in Bishan Toa Payoh at the coming General Elections.

The meeting was chaired by Secretary-General Benjamin Pwee, and attended by CEC members and candidates including Chairman Mohd Hamim, Treasurer Juliana Juwahir, candidates Nadine Yap, Chia Ser Lin and Edwin Fernandez, as well as key leaders, volunteers and supporters from academia, the Malay-Muslim community, and the banking, legal, education and arts profession.

The three-and-a-half hour discussion was very lively and intense, and key issues raised included employment, foreign workers, wages, PMETs, local SMEs and entrepreneurs, social support, and Malay-Muslim issues.

Topics that the group identified, that will be included as key issues in DPP’s election campaign rallies, include the following:

– Employment: The group noted the increasing number of non-citizens being employed, not just in the private sector, but also in the civil service and GLCs, even at senior management levels. The group proposed additional policy measures to ensure a “Singaporeans-first” domestic job market, especially in middle-to-upper management in the civil service and GLC, as well as the private sector.

– Foreign workers: The group recommended that restrictions to foreign workers in Singapore be designed by industrial sectors, to allow sectors like F&B where fewer Singaporeans are trained for or are interested to do, to employ more foreign workers. And for sectors like engineering, healthcare, banking, to have tighter restrictions, to allow Singaporean PMETs to take on these middle-income jobs more easily

– Re-skilling: the policy group also recommended that better, more hands-on, apprentenceship-based re-skilling programs be designed for middle-aged workers, rather than classroom-based, taught WDA/WSQ-type programs that do not fit these middle-aged workers’ learning styles. This was raised by DPM Tharman sometime back, and more could be done to make it mainstream and commonplace.

– SMEs: the policy group proposed a range of practical support for SMEs, including setting up an SME assistance centre, a job-matching program, a revolving loan fund, an incubation program, and a mentor-coaching program, to help owners and managers of SMEs to get back on their feet and become self-sustainable in their businesses

– entrepreneurs: the policy group noted the lack of sustainable support for local entrepreneurs and start-ups in traditional, non-tech businesses and industries, and pointed out that grants, subsidies and handouts are not sustainable policy solutions. It proposed a number of policy measures at ground level, to complement the government’s existing range of solutions, to better help local entrepreneurs start a business and earn a living. This includes those in the design, arts, construction, manufacturing and other sectors.

– CPF/retirement: the policy group recognised the new initiatives that the government has implemented over recent years in this area, but proposed a wider range of options and retirement savings programs that Singaporeans can choose from. They proposed to call on key leaders in the private sector insurance and investment industry, to come up with better investment and insurance schemes under the CPF structure, to fill in the current gaps in the CPF system.

– Malay-muslim issues: the policy group identified and re-affirmed areas where the Malay-Muslim community has grown and developed, like good PSLE results in the Madrashah schools, the number of top-quality Malay-Muslim professionals working overseas, and a younger generation of community leaders stepping forward to lead community self-help organisations. The policy working group also considered ways to help identify and challenge more quality Malay-Muslim PMETs, to step forward as next-generation community leaders, and together find new solutions for the Malay-Muslim community

The DPP CEC will be incorporating these recommendations from its Policy Working Group, into the joint DPP-SPP Manifesto for the joint team to Bishan Toa Payoh, and will also be championing these issues during the upcoming election rallies where appropriate.

16 Aug 2015