PARLIAMENT: Debate on ministries’ budgets

MPs' Suggestions: Energy-saving bulbs for 1-and 2-room flats

Energy-saving bulbs for 1-and 2-room flats

Ms Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC) suggested helping low-income families install energy-saving light bulbs in their homes, which will in turn help them reduce their electricity bills. She suggested making the switch for all one-and two-room flats, with the help of companies through their corporate social responsibility programmes.

Tweak COEs to benefit families

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC) proposed that the certificate of entitlement (COE) system be "significantly tweaked" to benefit families, even as Singapore moves towards its car-lite vision. Noting that families with young children have unique mobility needs, he said initiatives such as offering rebates to parents with two or more children could help encourage people to have more children.

Have more dual-key, multi-generation flats

Mr Chong Kee Hiong (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) suggested increasing the number of multi-generation or dual-key flats. "Such units facilitate inter-generation caregiving and bonding," he said, "with grandparents helping to keep an eye on the grandchildren while the parents look after their elderly parents at the same time".

Creative ideas wanted for urban design

Mr Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio GRC) asked if more can be done by having the Government partner people in urban design for more out-of-the-box ideas.

He also cited examples from other countries, such as "parklets" in urban areas that increase both green and communal spaces.

Bring back water-rationing exercises?

Mr Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC) asked if Singapore should consider introducing water-rationing exercises as part of an annual national campaign. Citing the example of Cape Town in South Africa, which faces the risk of running out of water, Mr Seah said the city now has new water restrictions.

Annual water-rationing exercises for households and businesses could help build water, physical and mental resilience, he said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'MPs' Suggestions'. Subscribe