1. To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether any study has been done to determine the preparedness of our population for any emergency.
2. To ask the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(a) what are the reasons for the infestation of mayflies at certain blocks of flats in Nee Soon South;
(b) how can NEA help to put a stop to it; and
(c) how long will the eradication measures take to produce tangible results.
MEWR answered that mayflies are harmless and an essential part of our natural aquatic ecosystem. Their emergence is seasonal and lasts for a short period of time, about one to two weeks.
To prevent mayflies from entering their homes, residents should switch off their lights when not in use, install insect screens or draw their curtains.
PUB has been carrying out regular checks around Lower Seletar Reservoir to monitor the counts of mayflies. Routine fogging for general pest control and mosquito control are carried out around the reservoir grounds and this routine fogging will also kill mayflies.
3. To ask the Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) whether polytechnic students are getting sufficient information about the wide range of careers in Singapore.