National Sustainability

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR SETTING ASIDE GREEN SPACE IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT

1 February 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for National Development (a) what is the current number of hectares of existing green spaces that are projected to be developed over the next 10 to 15 years; (b) what percentage of these are forested areas; and (c) of the projected increase of 1,000 hectares of green spaces over the same time period, how much of the increase is reserved for wildlife compared to areas accessible to the general public.

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BASIS OF LAND ALLOCATED FOR SANDCRAWLER BUILDING AND BREADTALK HQ

1 February 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) whether the land for the Sandcrawler building and Breadtalk HQ have been awarded to Lucasfilm and Breadtalk respectively based on a direct allocation basis without an open tender and subject to business plans; (b) what is JTC's consideration before approving any sale; and (c) whether JTC will consider for land and buildings subject to direct land allocation to be only 'resold' back to JTC except under exceptional circumstances.

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NUMBER AND CAPACITY OF NEW DATA CENTRES

1 February 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) over the last five years, what is the annual number and capacity (MW) of new data centres approved for construction; (b) whether there has been any forms of moratorium imposed on the construction of new data centres; and (c) if so, what are the terms of such a moratorium and when was this announced.

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MAINTAINING SINGAPORE'S ENERGY SUPPLY RELIABILITY

5 January 2021

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what domestic energy generation options the Ministry had considered prior to proposing the import of electricity from regional countries; (b) whether the Ministry plans to (i) set a cap on the proportion of imported energy as part of our overall energy supply and (ii) set a cap on the amount that individual countries can export energy to Singapore, in order to limit the risk to Singapore's energy security; and (c) what other steps the Ministry will be taking to ensure Singapore's energy security when the trial is expanded.

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MAINTAINING SINGAPORE'S ENERGY SUPPLY RELIABILITY

5 January 2021

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what is the current fuel mix for electricity generation derived from renewable energy sources; (b) how has this changed over the last 10 years; and (c) what is the target mix for the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in 2030 and 2050.

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MEASURES TO TARGET SME AWARENESS AND ACCESSIBILITY UNDER GREEN AND SUSTAINABILITY-LINKED LOAN GRANT SCHEMES

4 January 2021

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister what specific measures will be implemented to target SME awareness and accessibility for the planned Green and Sustainability-Linked Loan Grant Schemes which will be rolled out in 2021.

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ASSESSMENT FOR FOREST AREAS LIKE CLEMENTI FOREST THAT ARE EARMARKED FOR POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

4 January 2021

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for National Development whether there will be a review of the status of Clementi Forest and other forests earmarked for potential development.

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REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS BY INDEPENDENT, THIRD-PARTY ORGANISATIONS

4 January 2021

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for National Development (a) whether environmental impact assessments (EIAs) are reviewed by independent, third-party organisations; and (b) whether an individual or organisation can contest an EIA on reasonable grounds.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS OF INDONESIA'S OMNIBUS LAW FOR SINGAPORE

4 November 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) whether Indonesia's Omnibus Law will have environmental implications for Singapore, specifically on the issue of transboundary haze; and (b) whether the law affects Singapore's strategy in dealing with potential haze problems.

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CRITERIA OR INDICATORS TO ASSESS MAYORS AND COMMUITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS' FUNCTIONS

4 November 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) what criteria or key performance indicators are used to assess whether the functions of the Mayors and Community Development Councils (CDCs) have been successfully achieved; (b) in the past three years, what is the combined total expenditure of the CDCs; (c) what is the percentage breakdown of how such expenditures are allocated; (d) how many unique schemes have been rolled out by the Mayors and CDCs in the past five years as distinct from schemes administered by the Government and what are these schemes; and (e) what efforts are adopted to ensure co-ordination between financial assistance schemes offered by the CDCs, Comcare and other support schemes provided by the Government.

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CLEARER INDICATION OF SURNAME OF PASSPORT HOLDER IN SINGAPORE PASSPORTS TO AVOID CONFUSION AND AMBIGUITY

3 November 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Home Affairs whether Singapore passports can clearly indicate the surname (or the patronym or matronym) of the passport holder to avoid confusion and ambiguity when the passport is presented at foreign immigration checkpoints or when completing official documents.

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RATIONALE FOR RECORDING WESTERN NAMES WITH THEIR SURNAMES LISTED FIRST

3 November 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Home Affairs with regard to national registration records (a) what is the rationale for recording western names with their surnames (last names) listed first; and (b) whether this can give the misimpression that Singapore is unaware of personal name order conventions around the world.

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SHARING PROGRESS OF CARBON EMISSIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS BY SAF ANNUALLY

3 November 2020

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Defence whether there are targets by the SAF on carbon emissions and sustainability and whether the SAF can commit to sharing progress on these targets annually.

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BREAKDOWN OF NUMBER OF SINGAPOREAN BABIES BORN BETWEEN 1 JANUARY 2020 AND 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 BY MONTH

3 November 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs how many Singaporean babies were born between 1 January 2020 and 30 September 2020, with a breakdown by numbers per month.

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NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS MADE TO DO NOT CALL REGISTRY SINCE 2019 FOR UNLICENSED MONEYLENDING MESSAGES AND CALLS AND ILLEGAL BETTING OR GAMBLING OPPORTUNITIES

3 November 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Communications and Information (a) since 2019, how many complaints have been made to the Do Not Call registry; (b) how many complaints related to unlicensed moneylending messages and calls; and (c) how many complaints relate to illegal betting or gambling opportunities.

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TEMASEK HOLDINGS' INFLUENCE ON SIA OVER ITS PRACTICE OF FUEL HEDGING

2 November 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance whether the Government will seek to use its influence as the shareholder of Temasek Holdings to require that SIA reviews its practice of fuel hedging.

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AFFORDABLE AND COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR FOREIGN WORKERS

2 November 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Manpower whether the Ministry will consider (i) mandating more comprehensive insurance coverage for migrant workers and (ii) providing a subsidy to help employers afford such additional coverage.

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MAXIMUM RESIDUE LIMITS FOR RACTOPAMINE IN MEAT IMPORTED INTO SINGAPORE

2 November 2020

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) what is the rationale for SFA's latest revised position on the maximum residue limits for ractopamine in pork and cattle imported into Singapore; (b) what are the known and possible health risks arising from consuming meat with such residue limits of ractopamine including risks for young people or any vulnerable group; and (c) whether SFA is concerned that ractopamine is banned in various other countries.

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TAKE-UP RATE OF HOUSEHOLDS SWITCHING OVER TO OPEN ELECTRICITY MARKET

2 November 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) how does the Ministry intend to encourage the 53% of households still not on the Open Electricity Market to switch over, for electricity savings and lower price volatility; and (b) whether any target take-up rate has been set.

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STATISTICS ON WASTE GENERATION SINCE LAUNCH OF ZERO WASTE MASTERPLAN AND LIFESPAN OF SEMAKAU LANDFILL

2 November 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) how is the 2035 lifespan of Semakau landfill determined; (b) in the past 10 years, how much of the waste generated is domestic waste versus industrial waste and what are their respective growth rates; and (c) what has been the reduction in waste generation since the launch of the Zero Waste Masterplan in 2019.

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EFFORTS AT DIGITAL, MEDIA, PRIVACY AND POLITICAL LITERACY

2 November 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Communications and Information (a) whether he can provide details about current efforts at digital, media, privacy, and political literacy; (b) what are the measures and assessments of the effectiveness of these efforts; and (c) what are the next steps for review and improvement, timelines and roadmap given growing threats of hacking, data leaks, and misleading information from content farms.

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STATISTICS ON CASES HANDLED BY PROTECTION FROM HARASSMENT COURTS

6 October 2020

Mr Leon Perera asked the Minister for Law (a) since the Protection from Harassment Act was amended in 2019, what is the number of cases handled by the Protection from Harassment Courts; (b) what is the breakdown between applications for protection orders and expedited protection orders and the outcomes for these applications; and (c) what is the average time between the filing of the application and the application being heard.

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RATIONALE FOR IMPOSING COST TO FILE A CLAIM BEFORE COMMUNITY DISPUTES RESOLUTION TRIBUNALS

6 October 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Law (a) what is the rationale for imposing a cost of $150 to file a claim before the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT); and (b) whether this fee can be waived for lower income residents in order to make the CDRT more accessible to residents with intractable neighbour disputes.

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TRACKING STATISTICS AND DATA AT COMMUNITY DISPUTES RESOLUTION TRIBUNALS

6 October 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Law whether the Community Disputes Resolution Tribunals (CDRT) will consider tracking (i) the number of neighbour disputes that had been previously mediated at the Community Mediation Centre (CMC) and (ii) data on the specific number of orders that relate to damages, injunctions, specific performances, or apologies.

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SECOND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON BUKIT BATOK HILLSIDE PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

6 October 2020

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for National Development whether a second environmental impact assessment on the Bukit Batok Hillside Park Development Project will be done to account for the feedback from environmental groups.

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EXTENSION OF PROJECT WOLBACHIA TO SENGKANG AND REST OF SINGAPORE TO COMPLEMENT EXISTING VECTOR CONTROL STRATEGIES

6 October 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment when will Project Wolbachia be extended to Sengkang town and the rest of Singapore to complement existing vector control strategies.

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PROTECTION ORDERS AND DOMESTIC EXCLUSION ORDERS GRANTED UNDER WOMEN'S CHARTER SINCE START OF CIRCUIT BREAKER PERIOD

6 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Social and Family Development since the start of the circuit breaker period, how many protection orders and domestic exclusion orders under the Women's Charter have been granted each month.

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NUMBER OF DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES SINCE START OF CIRCUIT BREAKER PERIOD

6 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many reports per month have been received by the police for domestic abuse cases since the start of the circuit breaker period; (b) how many of these reports have been investigated by the police; and (c) what percentage of such family violence cases subsequently resulted in charges being brought by the Attorney General's Chambers.

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NUMBER OF INFANT AND CHILDCARE PLACES AND NUMBER OF CITIZENS BORN IN LAST FIVE YEARS

6 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) what is the number of infant and childcare places currently available in Singapore, broken down by URA planning areas; and (b) how many Singapore citizens were born in Singapore over the last five years, broken down by URA planning areas.

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NUMBER OF APPEALS RECEIVED BY MUIS APPEAL BOARD ON JUDGMENTS ISSUED BY THE SYARIAH COURT OF SINGAPORE FOR DIVORCE CASES

5 October 2020

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for Social and Family Development and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs (a) from 2017 to 2019, what is the annual number of appeals received by the MUIS Appeal Board regarding judgments issued by the Syariah Court of Singapore for divorce cases; (b) what are the main reasons for the appeals; and (c) how many cases are reported by ex-husbands and ex-wives respectively.

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PROGRESS OF INVESTIGATIONS INTO ALLEGATIONS OF QUESTIONABLE HALAL CERTIFICATION PRACTICES BY MUIS' HALAL CERTIFICATION STRATEGIC UNIT

5 October 2020

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for Social and Family Development and Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs what is the progress of investigations into allegations of questionable halal certification practices by MUIS's Halal Certification Strategic Unit.

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EXPANSION OF DOMESTIC WASTE RECYCLING INDUSTRY

5 October 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) whether he can provide an update on (i) the expansion of our domestic waste recycling industry and (ii) NEA's study on e-waste and plastics recycling solutions and technologies and its assessment of their suitability for local adoption; and (b) whether there has been a cost-benefit analysis of exporting recyclables versus owning the capabilities to process them, considering the carbon footprint of transport and the environmental impact on developing countries that import recyclable waste.

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PERCENTAGE OF SINGAPORE'S RECYCLABLE WASTE EXPORTED

5 October 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) in each of the last five years, how many tonnes and what percentage of Singapore's recyclable waste has been exported; and (b) how does the Ministry ensure that the exported recyclable waste ultimately gets recycled instead of being incinerated or deposited in landfills overseas.

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ENSURING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES' COMPLIANCE WITH NEW GRANTS GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK

5 October 2020

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (a) how does the new Grants Governance Framework and rules issued by the Ministry to all agencies differ from the existing framework currently adopted; and (b) how does the Ministry plan to ensure consistent implementation across agencies.

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IMPACT ON OPERATIONAL READINESS IF FREQUENCY OF RSAF SORTIES REDUCED

5 October 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Defence whether the operational readiness of the RSAF will be significantly compromised if sorties taking off from Paya Lebar Airbase are clustered into a small number of windows within the day, even if the duration of each window will be relatively longer.

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PER-FLIGHT ENVIRONMENTAL TAX AND RETAINING PILOT’S SKILLS VIA FLIGHT SIMULATORS INSTEAD OF LAUNCHING "FLIGHTS TO NOWHERE"

5 October 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Transport (a) whether the Ministry has considered imposing a per-flight environmental tax with regard to SIA's proposed plan to operate "flights to nowhere"; and (b) whether the Ministry has considered suggesting to SIA to have pilots retain skills via simulators and have flight crews' salaries be further supplemented by the estimated additional environmental costs via a Government subsidy, instead of operating such flights.

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STUDY ON DETERRENT EFFECT OF LIFE SENTENCE RELATIVE TO DEATH PENALTY AND IN CASES OF MENTAL ILLNESS OR ADDICTION OF PERPETRATOR

5 October 2020

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) whether there has been any systematic study by the Ministry as to the deterrent effect of a life sentence relative to the death penalty; and (b) whether the study has been conducted in cases where the reasoning capacity of the perpetrator may have been compromised such as by mental illness or addiction.

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STATISTICS ON VOTERS ALLOCATED TO EACH POLLING STATION ACROSS LAST THREE GENERAL ELECTIONS

5 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister across the last three general elections (a) how many voters are allocated to each polling station on average; (b) how many polling stations have had the number of allocated voters exceed 25%, 50% and 100% of the average; and (c) what is the respective maximum number of voters allocated to a given polling station.

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UPDATE ON ALLOTMENT GARDENING SCHEME AND PLANS TO EXPAND PROGRAMME

5 October 2020

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for National Development with regard to the Allotment Gardening Scheme (a) how many allotment garden plots have been made available each year since its inception in 2016; (b) how many allotment garden plots have had their lease terminated and on what basis; and (c) whether there are plans to expand the programme to allow more residents access to sustainable farming in their neighbourhoods.

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RESPONSE TO US CLEAN NETWORK INITIATIVE WHILE MAINTAINING ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGIES FROM DIFFERENT PROVIDERS

4 September 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Communications and Information (a) how does the Government intend to respond to the US Clean Network Initiative while maintaining access to technologies from different providers; and (b) how does the Government intend to mitigate consequences or repercussions from any non-compliance with this initiative.

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BREAKDOWN OF NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED TO EXTEND SOCIAL VISIT PASS, LONG TERM VISIT PASS OR LONG TERM PASS PLUS OF FOREIGN SPOUSES OF SINGAPOREAN

4 September 2020

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) how many applications has ICA received to extend the social visit pass, Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) of foreign spouses of Singaporeans (i) between February and July 2019 and (ii) between February and July 2020, with a breakdown by social visit pass, LTVP and LTVP+; (b) what are the success rates for each category; and (c) what are the most frequent reasons for rejection.

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CLEANING OF DEBRIS WASHED ASHORE DUE TO MONSOON SEASON

4 September 2020

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong asked the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment with regard to the marine trash washing ashore Singapore during the monsoon season (a) which beaches are usually impacted by the monsoon season; (b) how has the schedule of the cleaning of recreational beaches been impacted during the COVID-19 period; (c) what is the schedule of cleaning of non-recreational beaches; and (d) how is the Ministry working with other countries to mitigate the issues of marine trash.