Parliamentary Questions from Er Dr Lee Bee Wah, 9-11 July 2018
1. To ask the Minister for Transport
(a) what is the notice period required by any shared bicycle operator to give to the LTA when it wants to cease operations;
(b) what is the redress for users who have paid deposits for their services; and
(c) what assistance can LTA give to these depositors.
2. To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) whether he can provide an update on plans for heavy vehicle parking spaces in housing estates;
(b) how many heavy vehicle parking spaces are there in Yishun; and
(c) how many applicants are on the waitlist for season heavy vehicle parking lots in Nee Soon GRC.
3. To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry in light of reports on sales persons marketing so-called “freebie” bags to senior citizens
(a) whether the Ministry will investigate these vendors to assess if they are using deception to sell their wares; and
(b) whether the Ministry will work with other Government agencies and the Consumers Association of Singapore to look into any loopholes in the law that need a review.
4. To ask the Prime Minister with the withdrawal of the hospitalisation and surgical insurance scheme by some statutory boards
(a) whether the Ministry is aware that officers previously on this scheme who have pre-existing medical conditions can only get insurance cover under MediShield Life at Class C and B2 levels and that these officers are unable to buy a rider or upgrade for their medical insurance policies; and
(b) whether the Ministry can negotiate with insurance companies to offer a comprehensive coverage for all civil servants, especially those with pre-existing illnesses who had better coverage before the withdrawal.
5. To ask the Minister for National Development whether HDB can install CCTVs in its multi-storey carparks and the lifts serving the carpark to deter crime and those who smoke in the lifts.
6. To ask the Minister for National Development in light of concerns from some condominium owners on the further relaxation on shortterm leases
(a) whether the Ministry will consider getting 100% approval from current property owners in each condominium before short-term lease like Airbnb can be allowed;
(b) whether the potential impact of short-term leases on the hospitality industry has been considered; and
(c) how is the Ministry dealing with illegal leasing of property currently listed on websites like Airbnb.
7. To ask the Minister for Transport
(a) why are EZ Link cardholders not allowed to top up their cards at the Passenger Service Centre (PSC) in MRT stations;
(b) whether LTA is aware that not all MRT stations have General Ticketing Machines (GTM) for cardholders to top up; and
(c) why is there no notes changing service at the PSC for commuters and tourists those who do not want to top up $50 on their fare card.
8. To ask the Minister for Transport
(a) what is the recourse for pedestrians after they are being knocked down by a e-scooter and the rider has fled the scene; and
(b) whether LTA will introduce compulsory third party insurance for e-scooters to protect pedestrians.
9. To ask the Minister for Transport if he will provide an update on whether evening ERP is still required to manage traffic congestion along the CTE.
10. To ask the Minister for National Development
(a) what measures are being taken to keep the cost of food sold at coffee shops affordable;
(b) whether the Ministry will consider removing minimum rent in coffee shop tender exercises; and
(c) whether e-Bidding in coffee shop tender exercises drives up the rent and subsequently the cost of food sold at coffee shops and, if so, whether there are measures taken to mitigate this.
11. To ask the Minister for Law with regard to neighbour disputes concerning cigarette smoke
(a) whether mediation can be made compulsory for all involved parties;
(b) whether there is any follow-up to ensure respondents continue to adhere to the terms of a settlement; and
(c) for those who do not proceed with mediation, how are these disputes typically resolved.