SUSPICIOUS TRANSACTION REPORTS RECEIVED BY COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what is the average number of suspicious transaction reports (STRs) received annually by the Commercial Affairs Department for the past three years; and (b) what percentage of these STRs resulted in prosecutions for money-laundering and terrorism-financing offences. Mr K Shanmugam: The Suspicious Transaction Reporting Office (STRO) ofContinue reading “SUSPICIOUS TRANSACTION REPORTS RECEIVED BY COMMERCIAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT”

HOUSEHOLDS IN ARREARS OF HDB LOAN REPAYMENTS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for National Development (a) for the last two years, how many households are in arrears of HDB loan repayments; and (b) whether there is an over-representation of households in arrears where flat owners are over 55 years of age.    Mr Desmond Lee: As at end 2022, 16,200 households who were servicingContinue reading “HOUSEHOLDS IN ARREARS OF HDB LOAN REPAYMENTS”

ASEAN’S APPROACH TO DEALING WITH POLITICAL SITUATION IN MYANMAR

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs to what extent there is disagreement among ASEAN member states over the approach to take regarding the political situation in Myanmar. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan: ASEAN has taken a firm and consistent approach to the situation in Myanmar following the 1 February 2021 coup. The Five-Point Consensus was formulated byContinue reading “ASEAN’S APPROACH TO DEALING WITH POLITICAL SITUATION IN MYANMAR”

INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR NATIONAL ATHLETES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth in respect of current insurance coverage for national athletes in sports such as hockey, water polo and football (a) what is the baseline scope of coverage; (b) whether there are limits to the amounts covered per claim; and (c) what is the duration of the coverage.Continue reading “INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR NATIONAL ATHLETES”

COVID-19 INFECTIONS ACQUIRED BY PATIENTS FROM WITHIN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health with regard to the cases of COVID-19 infections acquired by patients from within hospitals and nursing homes from April to September 2022 (a) what proportions of transmissions occurred from (i) patient to patient, (ii) healthcare worker to patient and (iii) other means; and (b) what is the basis ofContinue reading “COVID-19 INFECTIONS ACQUIRED BY PATIENTS FROM WITHIN HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES”

COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Health (a) for the past six months, how many patients or residents contracted COVID-19 infections from within residential healthcare facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes; and (b) whether the Ministry is satisfied with the effectiveness of the current COVID-19 measures implemented at these facilities. The Senior Minister of StateContinue reading “COVID-19 INFECTIONS WITHIN RESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE FACILITIES”

TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF COMPREHENSIVE AND PROGRESSIVE AGREEMENT FOR TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry what is the Ministry’s assessment of the take-up rates of the provisions of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership by companies, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises. Mr Gan Kim Yong: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has entered into force for Australia,Continue reading “TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF COMPREHENSIVE AND PROGRESSIVE AGREEMENT FOR TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES”

TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether he can provide an assessment of the take-up rates of the provisions of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership by companies to date.   Mr Gan Kim Yong: As the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Agreement only entered into force for Singapore earlier this year, more time will beContinue reading “TAKE-UP OF PROVISIONS OF REGIONAL COMPREHENSIVE ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP BY COMPANIES”

PROPORTION OF HOUSEHOLD CONSUMERS BUYING ELECTRICITY FROM SP SERVICES SINCE EXIT OF OTHER ELECTRICITY MARKET RETAILERS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether there has been any discernible change in the proportion of household consumers buying electricity from SP Services compared to other retailers, since the exit of several retailers from the open electricity market in 2021. Mr Gan Kim Yong: Between October and December 2021, six electricity retailers exited theContinue reading “PROPORTION OF HOUSEHOLD CONSUMERS BUYING ELECTRICITY FROM SP SERVICES SINCE EXIT OF OTHER ELECTRICITY MARKET RETAILERS”

DERIVATION OF PRICES OF LAND LEASES TO RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Law how are the prices of land leases issued and renewed to religious organisations, such as temples and churches, derived. Mr K Shanmugam: State land parcels, including those that are allocated for Place of Worship (PW) use, are required to be sold at fair market value (FMV). In general, they areContinue reading “DERIVATION OF PRICES OF LAND LEASES TO RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS”