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Motion targeting India deal fails S’pore House test

- GURDEEP SINGH Singapore, 15 September

Singapore parliament on Wednesday passed a motion on securing Singaporea­ns' jobs and livelihood­s and rejected a proposal from the Opposition hitting out at India-singapore free trade agreement.

After a marathon debate that started on Tuesday afternoon and carried on past midnight, the 16-yearold Singapore-india Comprehens­ive Economic Cooperatio­n Agreement (CECA) was singled out. The Ruling People's Action Party (PAP) has absolute majority in the House, Channel News Asia reported.

Opposition Progress Singapore Party's (PSP) Non-constituen­cy Member of Parliament (NCMP) Leong Mun Wai had filed the motion calling upon the Government to take urgent and “concrete action” to address the widespread anxiety among Singaporea­ns on jobs and livelihood­s caused by the foreign talent policy and the provisions on Movement of Natural Persons in some free trade agreements (FTA) like the India-singapore Comprehens­ive Economic Cooperatio­n Agreement (CECA).

“People movements in FTAS like CECA are part of a much larger problem. We still cannot agree that CECA is net beneficial to Singapore,” Leong said in exchange of rebuttals.

This was the second debate on CECA after one was initiated by the Opposition in July

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