TARGETS UNDER TRIAL FOR LAO PDR-THAILAND-MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE POWER INTEGRATION PROJECT

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry with regard to the import of renewable energy from Laos (a) what are the targets under the trial for the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP); (b) whether Singapore will contribute to Laotian development of renewable energy to ensure energy resiliency for Singapore; (c) ifContinue reading “TARGETS UNDER TRIAL FOR LAO PDR-THAILAND-MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE POWER INTEGRATION PROJECT”

OUTCOMES OF COMPLAINTS ON ALLEGED PRICE HIKES AND POTENTIAL ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR FROM 2018

 Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry from 2018 to date (a) how many complaints on alleged price hikes and potential anti-competitive behaviour has the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) received annually; and (b) how many investigations on potential anti-competitive behaviour has CCCS initiated on its own. Mr Gan KimContinue reading “OUTCOMES OF COMPLAINTS ON ALLEGED PRICE HIKES AND POTENTIAL ANTI-COMPETITIVE BEHAVIOR FROM 2018”

SPECIAL BANK ACCOUNTS FOR LOW-INCOME SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICE GRANTEES TO RECEIVE DIGITAL DISBURSEMENTS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) whether the effort to implement digital disbursements to replace cash and supermarket vouchers at the Social Services Offices (SSOs) is hindered by low-income grantees who have no access to banking services; and (b) whether special bank accounts may be created for SSO recipientsContinue reading “SPECIAL BANK ACCOUNTS FOR LOW-INCOME SOCIAL SERVICE OFFICE GRANTEES TO RECEIVE DIGITAL DISBURSEMENTS”

DATA ON OUTSTANDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT LEVY COLLECTIONS OWED BY COMPANIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education with regard to outstanding Skills Development Levy (SDL) collections owed by companies (a) what is the current breakdown by (i) number of public and private companies respectively and (ii) number of multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises respectively; and (b) whether the companies in SDL arrearsContinue reading “DATA ON OUTSTANDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT LEVY COLLECTIONS OWED BY COMPANIES”

PLANS TO RECOVER POTENTIAL OVERPAYMENTS OF SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE AGENCY GRANTS FROM OUTSOURCED SERVICE PROVIDER

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education regarding the Auditor-General’s Office Report for the financial year 2021/22, whether there are plans to (i) recover potential overpayments of SkillsFuture Singapore agency grants from its outsourced service provider (ii) replace the outsourced service provider with another and (iii) bring the grants management payments function in-house. MrContinue reading “PLANS TO RECOVER POTENTIAL OVERPAYMENTS OF SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE AGENCY GRANTS FROM OUTSOURCED SERVICE PROVIDER”

FACTORS DETERMINING DURATION OF COMCARE ASSISTANCE OFFERED TO RESIDENTS IN NEED

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development how does the Ministry determine the duration of ComCare assistance offered to residents in need. Mr Masagos Zulkifli B M M: The Social Service Offices (SSOs) decide on the duration of ComCare assistance based on assessment of how long the household requires support to stabiliseContinue reading “FACTORS DETERMINING DURATION OF COMCARE ASSISTANCE OFFERED TO RESIDENTS IN NEED”

INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW OF HIRING PRACTICES OF PROFESSORS AT AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education in light of SMU’s review of its vetting procedures on academic integrity, whether the Ministry will consider launching an independent investigation and review into the hiring practices of professors at the Autonomous Universities. Mr Chan Chun Sing: The Autonomous Universities (AUs) exercise due diligence in hiring and haveContinue reading “INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW OF HIRING PRACTICES OF PROFESSORS AT AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES”

EXTENSION OF PILOT WHEELS PROGRAMME PROVIDING WHEELCHAIR SERVICING TO INCLUDE ALL SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTRES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) whether the pilot WHEELS programme that provides wheelchair servicing at selected Senior Activity Centres (SAC) is still ongoing; and (b) if so, whether it is being progressively rolled out to all SACs nationwide. Mr Ong Ye Kung: The WHEELS programme was a three-year pilot to train seniorsContinue reading “EXTENSION OF PILOT WHEELS PROGRAMME PROVIDING WHEELCHAIR SERVICING TO INCLUDE ALL SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTRES”

ENHANCEMENTS TO SENIORS’ MOBILITY AND ENABLING FUND TO INCLUDE MID-LIFE SERVICING COSTS FOR DEVICES NOT NEAR ITS END-OF-LIFE PERIOD

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Health whether the Ministry is considering enhancements to the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund to include mid-life servicing costs for devices not near its end-of-life period. Mr Ong Ye Kung: The Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) was enhanced in February 2022 to provide seniors with subsidies for replacementsContinue reading “ENHANCEMENTS TO SENIORS’ MOBILITY AND ENABLING FUND TO INCLUDE MID-LIFE SERVICING COSTS FOR DEVICES NOT NEAR ITS END-OF-LIFE PERIOD”

PROVISION OF FURTHER CLARITY ON NATIONAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT DATES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Defence whether the Ministry will consider providing further clarity on national service enlistment dates beyond approximately two months, particularly to preclude short notification enlistment notifications of two weeks. Dr Ng Eng Hen: MINDEF recognises the benefits of providing adequate notice of enlistment dates to pre-enlistees to prepare themselves mentallyContinue reading “PROVISION OF FURTHER CLARITY ON NATIONAL SERVICE ENLISTMENT DATES”