COS 2021: Challenges Facing our Aviation Industry

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong (Hougang): Mr Chairman, Singapore’s Aviation industry has been one of the hardest hit industry in this pandemic, given the sector’s complete dependence on international travel. With the resurgence of COVID-19 in many regions of the world, as well as the emergence of new and more contagious COVID-19 strains, the outlook forContinue reading “COS 2021: Challenges Facing our Aviation Industry”

COS 2021: Toilet Improvement Programme

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Mdm Chair, the NEA’s newly-launched Toilet Improvement Programme (TIP) extends grants to Town Councils at an amount capped between $60,000 and $90,000. The grant seeks to raise the hygiene and cleaning standards of public toilets. A corollary aim of the TIP is to encourage the removal of smoking corners. For the grantContinue reading “COS 2021: Toilet Improvement Programme”

COS 2021: Availability of Rental Flats

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) currently enables couples or single parent families to rent from the Government while waiting for the completion of their BTO HDB flat. However demand often outstrips supply. Chairman, when I last checked on 24 February, PPHS applications have exceeded the number of flats availableContinue reading “COS 2021: Availability of Rental Flats”

COS 2021: Retention of HDB Flats for Divorcees under 35

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, divorce proceedings are unfortunately more common than we would like them to be in Singapore, and the ownership of HDB flats is likely to come up as an issue in many of them. Individuals from the marriage without children are only allowed to retain the flat if they meetContinue reading “COS 2021: Retention of HDB Flats for Divorcees under 35”

COS 2021: Urban Rejuvenation and Land Flexibility

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: Chairman, for our limited land area, Singapore’s planning paradigm has been one of maximising the intensity of land use. COVID-19’s economic impact may mean a need to re-evaluate our planning policy. The Minister for National Development has likewise noted the same in an earlier statement, that while it remains toContinue reading “COS 2021: Urban Rejuvenation and Land Flexibility”

COS 2021: Commercial Spaces in HDB Multi-storey Carparks

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim (Sengkang): Mr Chairman, the design of modern towns, such as Sengkang, the constituency I represent, tends to be denser, with commercial spaces and similar amenities located in specific clusters, often close to a transportation hub. Such design, undeniably makes sense from an urban planning perspective and can help minimise residentialContinue reading “COS 2021: Commercial Spaces in HDB Multi-storey Carparks”

COS 2021: Temporary Development Levy

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): The temporary development levy or TDL, is a tax payable when permission is granted for a temporary enhancement of the land value. The TDL can amount to tens of thousands of dollars payable by a small business every year and can form a significant portion of their business costs.Continue reading “COS 2021: Temporary Development Levy”

COS 2021: HDB Blocks Facade Repair

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap (Aljunied): Sir, during a recent Parliament session, I proposed to the Ministry to roll out a national programme of facade repair for ageing HDB blocks in view of recent spates of external wall seepage. The Ministry replied that there are currently no plans to roll out such a programme asContinue reading “COS 2021: HDB Blocks Facade Repair”

COS 2021: Hardship Scheme for Hawker Centre Stalls

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap (Aljunied): Madam, I would like to suggest to make our hawker culture industry more inclusive, compassionate by re-introducing the Hardship Scheme for hawker centre stalls. This scheme was started in mid-1970s and was meant for those aged 40 and above whose family income fell under stipulated threshold and whoContinue reading “COS 2021: Hardship Scheme for Hawker Centre Stalls”

COS 2021: Safe Use of Park Connectors

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong (Hougang): Two years ago, I filed a cut with MND on the safe use of park connectors. I said that, depending on locations, the park connectors can be busy places and well used by many people for recreational purposes, as well as for commuters getting to or from nearby MRTContinue reading “COS 2021: Safe Use of Park Connectors”