MPs' Suggestions

Streamline estate administration process

The procedure to administer the estate of a person who dies without a will should be simplified, said Mr Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok).

When a person dies intestate, their estate is distributed to surviving spouses, children and other family members according to certain rules.

Mr Pillai said the Government can use data analytics to ascertain the identities of surviving family members without the need for them to go to court.

Retain part of 'quaint' precinct in Joo Chiat

Describing a certain precint in Joo Chiat as "quaint", Mr Edwin Tong (Marine Parade GRC) suggested that part of it be retained at least, instead of creating "another commercial and retail space" which will just add to congestion and existing traffic woes.

Mr Tong made the suggestion while talking about optimising land resources and striking the right balance between the many competing uses of scarce land.

Behavioural insights to tackle youth drug woes

Desmond Choo (Tampines GRC) suggested the use of behavioural insights - used successfully in programmes such as Iceland's Natural Highs - to tackle the problem of youth drug addiction.

He said the thrill for young abusers is usually boredom and not getting caught. They are also not always from traditionally-defined broken homes.

Consumer protection for online purchases

Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan, who is president of the Consumers Association of Singapore, said legislation to provide consumer protection in online transactions should be considered.

Those who make online purchases lack bargaining power in negotiating the standard terms and conditions of trade, he said.

Noting the practice for low-cost carriers operating out of Singapore to use pre-ticked boxes when transacting with consumers, he said in the European Union, companies cannot infer consumer's consent for additional payments using such boxes.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 03, 2018, with the headline 'MPs' Suggestions'. Subscribe