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COMMITTEES

 

Ministry of Education

(Double Delegation)

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is in charge of formulating and implementing policies regarding educational structure, curricula, pedagogy, and assessment. The MOE operates with the mission to, among other things, “nurture [today’s children] into good citizens”, believing that it is necessary to mould the people who will determine Singapore’s future. With a student population of over 400,000, the MOE and its policies impact a significant proportion of our citizens. In OPMUN 2019, the MOE will look at pertinent questions concerning both racial issues in schools and how these factors may affect educational outcomes. 

Topic I: The Question of Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools

Topic II: The Question of Equality in Educational Outcomes

 

National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony 

The National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony (NSCRRH) was formed in 2006, with the aim of providing a platform of communication between the different ethnic groups in Singapore. Meaningfully, it is meant to function as a ‘safe space’ to facilitate dialogue between racial and religious leaders, and more importantly, to build a network of trust among the racial and religious groups via the exchange of different perspectives of these groups, on pertinent issues in Singapore, strengthening social cohesion in the Singaporean community. 

Topic I: The Question of Islamophobia

Topic II: The Question of Minority Disenfranchisement

 

Ministry of Manpower

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is responsible for the formulation and implementation of labour policies related to the workforce in Singapore. The MOM aims to develop a “Great Workforce and a Great Workplace” where Singaporeans can aspire towards real income growth, fulfilling careers and financial security, while maintaining a manpower-lean and competitive economy. To achieve this, they aim to enable companies to provide good jobs and Singaporeans to take up good jobs, to build a strong Singaporean core. 

Topic: The Question of Workplace Discrimination

 

National Arts Council

The National Arts Council (NAC) acts under the purview of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and is a statutory board that oversees the development of the Arts in Singapore. The Council mainly supports the arts scene through providing grants and awards for arts practitioners, arts education programmes aimed at the public, and by providing arts housing and facilities. In recent decades, such developments have manifested in an increase of arts events and audiences, growth in numbers and pro le of arts companies, and more local artists enjoying a global presence. However, these developments do not discount the existing need to expand Singapore’s arts scene and open up new perspectives for the long term growth and sustainability of arts. 

Topic I: The Question of Revitalising the Local Contemporary Arts Scene 

Topic II: The Question of the Preservation of Traditional Arts

 

Cabinet of Singapore

(Double Delegation)

The Cabinet of Singapore is the highest executive branch in Singapore, comprising of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and the Ministers of various ministries in Singapore. The ministers are appointed by the President of the Republic of Singapore with the advice of the Prime Minister. In Singapore, there are 16 distinct ministries that are in charge of the various public assets in Singapore, and collectively they are responsible for the formation of legislation, policy-making, and nancial decisions. The Cabinet’s involvement in these decisions allows it to set long-term precedences that heavily shapes the landscape of Singapore’s society. 

Topic I: Reviewing Policies for Minority Representation

Topic I: Reviewing Policies for Minority Representation

Topic II: Maintaining Religious Harmony in Times of Crisis

 

Singapore Parliament

The Singapore Parliament is the highest legislative body in Singapore with the functions of making laws, reviewing the Government’s expenditure and performing checks and balances on the Ministers and their responsibilities. The Parliament proposes draft laws in the form of Bills and debates issues in Singapore ranging from workplace harassment to foreign relations. Additionally, Members of Parliament (MPs) are either elected by their constituencies (Elected Members), nominated by a Select Committee and the President (Nominated Members) or appointed from candidates not voted in at the elections (Non-Constituency Members). 

Topic I:  Relevance of the GRC System Today 

Topic II: Income Inequality

 

Select Committee on 
Deliberate Online 
Falsehoods 

Singapore’s parliamentary system is modelled after the Westminster model, which weas inherited from our former colonial masters. Select Committees are an integral part of this model and can be convened for various reasons. As of now, there are 7 standing select committees which have been appointed for the duration of the term of Parliament, each with varying duties and functions. In addition to them, ad-hoc Select Committees can be convened with a speciaL mandate to discuss policies, bills, or any issues referred to them. The Select Committee is to submit a report on their findings to Parliament once their investigations have concluded.

Topic: Racially Injurious Deliberate Online Falsehoods

 

Supreme Court of Singapore

(Double Delegation)

The Supreme Court is the superior court of record in Singapore and consists of the High Court and Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court ensures that the law is fairly and consistently applied across the board, upholding justice in the country. This committee will be set in the Court of Appeal, where the Court will be handling a case on race and religion. This case has been referred to the Court of Appeal by the High Court, due to the high sensitivity of the issue as well as lack of precedent and past instances to fully prosecute the defendants. 
A highly advanced council, delegates will be able to debate on race and religious freedoms rights versus national security and public order in Singapore. Delegates will be given case studies and will be expected to do extensive research on the cases and the legislative backgrounds of the verdicts in order to further discuss the constitutional and legislative implications of these cases.

Topic: The Question of Balancing Race & Religious Freedoms and National Security & Public Order

Topic: The Question of Balancing Race & Religious Freedoms and National Security & Public Order

Joint Cabinet Crisis

Our crisis is set in a ctional Singapore around 100 years in the future. By this time, growing problems including climate change have led to the gradual breakdown of Singaporean society. Eroding con dence in the government resulted in the rise and eventual election of a populist regime, who run on a policy of sectionalism: the belief that the country should be split along racial lines and governed separately. The backlash against this policy prompts the military to launch a coup in an attempt to restore a government which promotes inclusivity and multiculturalism, eventually plunging Singapore into a civil war. 

Through this crisis simulation, delegates are challenged to keep in mind these key questions: How should nations navigate the challenges faced in building a harmonious society? What are some of these challenges? Why is it important to tackle these challenges? 

At the end of the day, delegates will explore the complex issue of social cohesion when it comes to nation- building – or in this case, rebuilding – with the ultimate aim of allowing them to better appreciate our harmonious society and understand the role that they must play to maintain this harmony.

 
 

Night

 

Council

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The Night Council has been a tradition of OPMUN, and since its inception, it has provided delegates an extra dimension of conference fun and engagement as they debate fictional topics they are passionate about over the night with fellow conference participants.

This year's Night Council will take place across Days 2 and 3 of the conference, and the Night Council team is excited to soon reveal to you what we have in store for you.

Stay tuned!

The OPMUN 2019 Press Corps will encompass four different news agencies, namely the Straits Times, Channel News Asia, Mothership and The Online Citizen. Unlike delegates in normal committees, press delegates represent a particular news outlet rather than a state/body. This will require extensive and deep research into the agendas of their allocated news agencies, their viewpoints, biases and writing styles. Delegates are tasked to break news stories, provide commentaries on the various issues aligned to the stance and style of their agencies as well as to actively challenge the role of the media in national issues. Press delegates are given a chance to be at the center of the conference; they will be able to experience various committees under their charge and will be given the chance to hold delegates to their stances via press conferences and articles.