Parliament: Grassroots leaders to get training to mediate disputes between neighbours

Grassroots leaders will be trained to mediate in disputes between neighbours and public education will also be stepped up to discourage anti-social behaviour. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Grassroots leaders will be trained to mediate in disputes between neighbours and public education will also be stepped up to discourage anti-social behaviour. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Grassroots leaders will be trained to mediate in disputes between neighbours and public education will also be stepped up to discourage anti-social behaviour.

Culture, Community and Youth Minister Lawrence Wong told Parliament on Tuesday that the plans will accompany legislative changes being developed by the Ministry of Law.

These changes involve setting up a Community Dispute Resolution Tribunal under the State Courts next year as an avenue of last resort to resolve such disputes.

A public consultation on the draft legislation will take place within the next few months.

"In parallel with the tribunal, we are also working with the Ministry of Home Affairs to see how we can beef up some of these community enforcement processes," said Mr Wong in response to a question from Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Holland-Bukit Timah GRC), who asked about when the tribunal would be set up and what approach it would take to resolve disputes between neighbours.