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Parliament debate on Singapore Budget 2024 to begin on Feb 26


Apart from the Budget debate, MPs have also filed questions on issues such as the erroneous charging of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by government agencies and the Singaporean businessman who was served a notice that the authorities will designate him as a "politically significant person" under a law to counter foreign interference.

Six government agencies had wrongly levied GST on 18 fees for regulatory services, the Finance Ministry announced last week.

MP Yip Hon Weng (PAP-Yio Chu Kang) asked if there are plans to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

MP Tan Wu Meng (PAP-Jurong) also asked about the root causes behind the matter, whether the Finance Ministry maintains an overview of such fees and whether there have been prior appeals or legal challenges to the interpretation of the fees.

NCMP Leong Mun Wai (PSP) wanted to know whether the Singaporean businessman who was served with a "notice of intended designation" under the country's foreign interference law was registered as a permanent resident or naturalised as a Singapore citizen.

MP Darryl David (PAP-Ang Mo Kio) also submitted a question on whether there will still be dedicated lanes at Singapore's checkpoints exclusively for Singaporeans and permanent residents, as all foreign visitors will soon be able to clear immigration via automated lanes.

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