Hazel Poa and Leong Mun Wai

Parliament Questions for July 2022 Sitting

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Parliament Questions for 4 July 2022 Sitting

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) whether there was an opportunity in 2008 to review the decision to develop the Sports Hub by a public-private partnership and, if so, why is the decision made to proceed with the public-private partnership (PPP); (b) what are the respective roles of SportSG and Sports Hub Pte Ltd (SHPL) in the PPP; and (c) whether any shortcomings by different parties in the PPP have been identified.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for National Development whether HDB is required to provide support to ensure that every town council is served by a managing agent.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for National Development what options and assistance are available to HDB residents with difficulty financing the replacement flats offered under HDB’s Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS).

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) whether companies are allowed to increase the working hours for foreign employees in order to meet the new minimum salary requirements for work passes, and reducing the working hours of local employees to counter the higher wage cost; (b) whether this is the intended consequence of raising the minimum salary requirements for work passes; and (c) if not, what can the Ministry do to prevent this.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development whether the Ministry will consider changing the lease term of replacement flats for residents with difficulty financing the replacement flats offered under HDB’s Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS).

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development whether there is any difference in the way compensation is calculated for HDB flats acquired under the Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) now, and since it was implemented in 1995.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth whether the People’s Association makes donations to charities and, if so, whether it is appropriate to make such donations.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) whether there is any delay in the operation date of the Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Act 2021; and (b) if so, what are the reasons.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development what is the median, lower and upper quartile actual waiting time for HDB BTO flats each year based on those who collected their keys in the past 10 years.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development what is the average HDB flat size for each flat type completed in the years 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2020.


Parliament Questions for 5 July 2022 Sitting

QUESTION FOR ORAL ANSWER

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Defence (a) whether the Government will relax the eligibility criteria for National Service (NS) deferment for young male Singaporeans who have the potential to accomplish significant successes in the sports and arts fields; and (b) whether the Government will consider deferring National Service for young male Singaporeans who have the potential to accomplish significant successes in fields other than sports and arts.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Defence of the males who have become Singapore citizens by registration since 2000 (a) what is the percentage of those who are not required to serve national service; and (b) what do they do to fulfill their obligation to share in the defence burden of our country.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) what are the similarities and differences in the underlying rationale for firms with less than 10 employees being exempted from the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) and for firms with less than 25 employees being exempted from the fundamental criteria 3 and 4 of the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) scheme; (b) whether one scheme is more lenient than the other; and (c) how do these exemptions contribute towards strengthening the Singaporean core in our workforce.

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Manpower in each of the past five years, how many PMET jobs are done by work permit holders.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Manpower what is the current respective number of S Pass holders who earn a gross monthly salary of (i) less than $1,500 (ii) $1,500 to less than $2,000 (iii) $2,000 to less than $2,500 (iv) $2,500 to less than $3,000 (v) $3,000 to less than $4,000 (vi) $4,000 to $5,000 and (vii) more than $5,000.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (a) how much of the official foreign reserves have been transferred to GIC to date; and (b) how much additional reserves has MAS accumulated since the Monetary Authority of Singapore (Amendment) Act came into operation on 21 February 2022.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development regarding the coffeeshop located at Blk 201 Tampines Street 21 that recently transacted at $41.68 million (a) in which year did HDB sell the coffeeshop; and (b) at what price did HDB sell it for.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) whether the Ministry tracks rental cost as a percentage of total business cost for businesses in Singapore; and (b) if so, what is this percentage for each year from 2000 to 2021.

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