COS 2022: Community Disputes Resolution Framework

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): I would like to seek the Minister’s update on the review of the community dispute management framework, which commenced before last year’s COS. Can the Minister share who the members of the interagency committee conducting this review are and when the review will be completed? How many mediators does theContinue reading “COS 2022: Community Disputes Resolution Framework”

COS 2022: Clarifications on Adult Disability Care

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Thank you, Madam. I have some questions on the adult disability care. Is the staff-client ratio of adult disability care facilities lower than that of the teacher-student ratio at SPED schools? And if so, why is there this disparity between the two? Because this is what causes the cliff effectContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on Adult Disability Care”

COS 2022: Clarifications on Bus Trunk Services

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, for trunk services, if ridership has been low, can we use smaller buses or increase the intervals between buses instead of cutting services? This is for trunk services. And for feeder services, after bus 66 was re-routed, my residents were left with only bus 228 as a feederContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on Bus Trunk Services”

COS 2022: Adult Disability Care

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Many residents with moderate to severe disabilities require care provided by adult disability care facilities, like day activity centres, adult disability homes, adult disability hostels and sheltered workshops. May I ask the Minister what is the current utilisation rate among each of these facilities and what are their staff-clientContinue reading “COS 2022: Adult Disability Care”

COS 2022: Bird Population Control

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: My residents in Bedok Reservoir and Hougang have given me feedback on the nuisance caused by pigeons, crows, mynahs and even quails around the housing estates. The proliferation of the bird population is often a public hygiene and in the case of crows, a safety issue, which worries residents. The Aljunied-HougangContinue reading “COS 2022: Bird Population Control”

COS 2022: Town Improvements Costs

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: Sir, construction costs have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The price of materials has shot up, wages have increased and the cost of bringing in foreign workers is also elevated. The construction industry’s confidence has been shaken up late resulting in shorter payment terms and demands for higherContinue reading “COS 2022: Town Improvements Costs”

COS 2022: Interim Rental Housing

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): There are many residents who have approached me to request for assistance in appealing to HDB for subsidised rental housing. Some have had to sell their flats after a divorce, or they have to move out of their current homes due to family issues. Most cannot afford buy flatsContinue reading “COS 2022: Interim Rental Housing”

COS 2022: Bus Services Rationalisation

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Public Transport Council (PTC)’s latest customer satisfaction survey found that satisfaction with public transport services has fallen to its lowest level in six years. The survey showed that discontent with public bus services was a factor with many commuters, notably expressing dissatisfaction with bus waiting times. These sentiments are similarlyContinue reading “COS 2022: Bus Services Rationalisation”

COS 2022: Special Needs Education

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Parents of children with special needs face a complex dilemma when making educational choices for their children. A wide range of services is available at various price points but parents are largely left on their own to identify the optimal ones. Could ECDA provide more one-stop advisory services forContinue reading “COS 2022: Special Needs Education”

COS 2022: Clarifications on COMPASS and Low-wage Workers

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, I have clarifications on COMPASS and the low-wage workers. Will the shortage occupation list factor in both occupation and industry? For example, we may have a shortage of software developers in general, but not necessarily software developers in the financial services industry. And if such a distinction byContinue reading “COS 2022: Clarifications on COMPASS and Low-wage Workers”