LIM SWEE SAY ASKED TO EXPLAIN WHY PEOPLE’S ASSOCIATION SPENDING JUMPS 51.3% TO HIT $1 BILLION

In his reply to parliament regarding an expected 51.3% increase in the People’s Association estimated spending for FY2015, Lim Swee Say said that the PA’s budget for this year “reflects a higher level of commitment by the Government towards promoting social cohesion and racial harmony.”

Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Yee Jenn Jong had submitted a question to parliament asking how the PA’s expenditure estimates for FY2015 reached approximately $1 billion.

Yee also asked on the projects that accounted for the 115.4% rise in its development expenditure, and why PA’s operating expenditure for this financial year rose by 22% from last year.

Out of the $339.6m increase in estimated spending, 70.5% of it was for developing facilities for residents’ use.

“These include the building of the Tampines Town Hub, construction of nine new CCs and two Water-Venture outlets, as well as to upgrade 28 existing CCs under our 15 year upgrading cycle.”

He also said that another $100.3m projected increase in operation expenditure to the implementation of the Pioneer Generation Ambassador programme, where PA staff and volunteers are sent to reach out to seniors where they live.

The amount will also be used to support grassroots organisations and Community Development Councils in assisting the needy, and in bonding multi-racial and multi-cultural communities, Mr Lim added.

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