SINGAPORE: Questions on the safety of overseas school expeditions in light of the Sabah earthquake tragedy, and the quality of Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats will take centrestage when Parliament sits on Monday (Jul 13).
A total of 88 questions have been submitted for oral answer, and 29 for written answer.
Member of Parliament Lim Wee Kiak plans to ask the Ministry of Education (MOE) about objectives for sending students on “challenging overseas learning programmes like mountain climbing”. On Jun 5, seven students and two teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) were killed while on an overseas learning journey Mount Kinabalu when a rare earthquake struck Sabah. Dr Lim will ask MOE about its takeaways from the incident, and whether it plans to review such expeditions.
Separately, MPs Lim Biow Chuan and Irene Ng will ask the Education Ministry if it will consider a special award for teachers, trainers or guides who acted selflessly and shielded students from falling rocks when the earthquake hit.
MP David Ong and NCMP Yee Jenn Jong will raise questions on the number of complaints over quality and workmanship in DBSS flats, following reports of unhappiness over defects in DBSS projects such as Trivelis in Clementi and Centrale 8 in Tampines. Mr Yee will also suggest that a Zero Workmanship Defect Pledge be introduced for contractors and developers of DBSS projects.
MPs will be asking for updates on whether an Electoral Boundaries Review Committee has been formed, and about safety protocols for escorting people in custody, given the recent shooting incident at Khoo Teck Phuat…