Mr Deputy Speaker, Sir, we usually prorogue and re-open Parliament midway through the term of a government. It gives us a chance to set the direction for the remainder of the term of office of the Government and to give MPs a chance to discuss important issues
I would like to congratulate all the members of the Singapore Women's Everest Team for achieving your dream of reaching the highest peak in the world. This is a major milestone for Singaporean women and the local sporting fraternity.
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew will visit Tokyo from 19 to 23 May 2009, and China (Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai) from 23 to 27 May 2009.
In Tokyo, he will call on the Prime Minister Taro Aso, and meet other Japanese political and business leaders.