Parliament to discuss cycling, electric cars

An advertisement for Grab at Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre. Among questions submitted is one on whether passengers using Uber or Grab taxi services are covered by insurance in the event of an accident.
An advertisement for Grab at Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre. Among questions submitted is one on whether passengers using Uber or Grab taxi services are covered by insurance in the event of an accident. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

A third of questions posed concern transport, including private-hire car services

Transport issues top the list of questions filed for Monday's sitting of Parliament, with almost one-third of the 41 questions directed at Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan.

The issues include cycling, as Singapore moves towards becoming a car-lite nation, electric cars and private-hire car services companies such as Uber and Grab.

Two Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs, Mr Darryl David and Mr Ang Hin Kee, asked if the Government would consider installing facilities such as dedicated bicycle terminals downtown, as well as build more parking lots for bicycles in the heartland.

Ms Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) asked about Singapore's position on electric cars, following news in March that a $15,000 carbon surcharge was imposed on a used Tesla electric car.

Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) asked if passengers using Uber or Grab taxi services are covered by insurance in the event of an accident.

There were also questions pertaining to Muslim and heritage issues.

Associate Professor Fatimah Lateef (Marine Parade GRC) asked if the work of the Religious Rehabilitation Group can be included in the curriculum for religious teachers and secondary and post-secondary madrasah students.

The group of Islamic religious leaders has successfully rehabilitated many terror detainees here.

Meanwhile, Non-Constituency MP Daniel Goh, from the Workers' Party, wants to know how the Government is documenting and protecting heritage artefacts excavated by archaeologists in recent years.

A dig at Empress Place last year unearthed artefacts like Chinese imperial-grade ceramics that were produced between 1375 and 1425 and bestowed by Emperor Hongwu from the Ming Dynasty on overseas leaders.

Associate Professor Goh, a sociologist at National University of Singapore, wrote on Facebook: "These artefacts form the vulnerable foundation of our national identity. We are a forward-looking people and our confidence to maju (advance in Malay) comes from knowing where we sprung from, and it is much more than 50 to 60 years of recent history."

Proposed changes to three laws will be debated and they include the Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill.

It allows the Government to reimburse employers for the extra week of paternity leave it has given to new fathers.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2016, with the headline 'Parliament to discuss cycling, electric cars'. Print Edition | Subscribe