Parliamentary Questions on MRT CEO, Rochor & public sector doctors

These are the questions which I will be asking the Ministers during the Parliament sitting on 9 January 2012.

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Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) whether
LTA has to date  exercised its power to impose conditions relating to the
appointment, re-appointment or removal of MRT operators’ CEO, chairman
or any of its directors; and (b) what criteria does the LTA use to decide when
to impose such conditions.

1. To ask the Minister for Transport (a) whether LTA has to date exercised its power to impose conditions relating to the appointment, re-appointment or removal of MRT operators’ CEO, chairman or any of its directors; and (b) what criteria does the LTA use to decide when to impose such conditions.

2. To ask the Minister for Transport (a) whether other options were studied by the Ministry before it decided to build the North-South Expressway (NSE); (b) if so, what were the options and what were the reasons for building the NSE instead of pursuing these other options; and (c) whether the Government had considered the feasibility of adding a second level to the existing Central Expressway instead of building a new expressway.

3. To ask the Minister for National Development whether any consultation was done with residents and business owners before the decision was taken to acquire the HDB blocks, private properties and shops in the Rochor area (including Rochor Centre) to build the North-South Expressway.

4. To ask the Minister for National Development what is the compensation that the residents of the flats in the Rochor area affected by the upcoming land acquisition will receive if they choose not to relocate to the new flats in Kallang.

5. To ask the Minister for Health what is the average age of public sector doctors leaving for private practice and how this figure compares with that of ten years ago.

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Source: Parliament Order Paper

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam is the Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone.

4 thoughts on “Parliamentary Questions on MRT CEO, Rochor & public sector doctors”

  1. Gerald, I am unfamiliar with parliamentary procedure in Singapore, but I was wondering, do you have to publish or send your questions to the relevant minister prior to meeting or can you put them on the spot?

    In another system, for example, in Australia, there are questions with and without notice. Same colonial powers. Same outdated system, but anyway.

    Thanks,
    David

  2. Yes, they’ve to submit beforehand. This is his submitted questions so the ministers come with prepared answers and figures.

  3. David – Thanks for asking. The Parliamentary Standing Orders require us to send in our questions to the Parliament secretariat 7 working days before the date of the sitting. This is then distributed to the Ministries for them to prepare an answer for their Minister.

    We can, however, ask supplementary questions after the Minister’s answer to seek further clarification. This only applies to “Questions for Oral Answer”, not “Questions for Written Answer”. My first 3 questions are for Oral answer and the last 2 are for written. We are allowed to file a maximum of 5 questions per sitting, of which up to 3 can be for Oral answer.

  4. Hi Gerald,
    A better question would be to ask for the breakdown in the average age of public sector doctors leaving for private sector eg non specialists vs specialists
    surgeons vs non surgeons

    This would be a more meaningful comparison instead of aggregrate data.

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