Parliamentary questions for 5 April 2021

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 1:30 pm on Monday, 5 April 2021, for the 28th session of the 14th Parliament.

*103 oral questions and 54 written question have been scheduled to be asked.

At the commencement of Public Business, 5 Government Bill will be introduced:

  1. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance: Significant Infrastructure Government Loan Bill.
    (President’s recommendation signified)
  2. Minister for Law: Land Betterment Charge Bill.
    (President’s recommendation signified)
  3. Minister for Home Affairs: Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill.
    (President’s recommendation signified)
  4. Minister for Transport: Land Transport Authority of Singapore (Amendment) Bill.
  5. Minister for National Development: COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment No. 2) Bill.
    [The Member in charge proposes, on a Certificate of Urgency under S.O. 86, to proceed with this Bill throughout all its stages until the Bill has been read the third time.]

ORDERS OF THE DAY:

  1. Postal Services (Amendment) Bill [Bill No. 5/2021] – (Minister for Communications and Information) – Second Reading
  2. Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies: GRANT TO IMF’S CATASTROPHE CONTAINMENT AND RELIEF TRUST: That this Parliament, in accordance with section 6A(2)(d) of the Bretton Woods Agreements Act (Chapter 27 of the 2012 Revised Edition), resolves that the maximum amount of grants that the Monetary Authority of Singapore may give under the bilateral agreement (or its subsequent
    variations) to be made by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore) with the International Monetary Fund to support the Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust, is 17,600,000 United States Dollars (approximately 12,300,000 Special Drawing Rights).
  3. Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies: GRANT TO IMF’S CRISIS CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE: That this Parliament, in accordance with section 6A(2)(d) of the Bretton Woods Agreements Act (Chapter 27 of the 2012 Revised Edition), resolves that the maximum amount of grants that the Monetary Authority of Singapore may give under the bilateral agreement (or its subsequent variations) to be made by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore) with the International Monetary Fund to support the Crisis Capacity Development Initiative, is 2,000,000 United States Dollars (approximately 1,400,000 Special Drawing Rights).
  4. Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies: GRANT TO IMF’S TRUST FOR SPECIAL POVERTY REDUCTION AND GROWTH OPERATIONS FOR THE HEAVILY INDEBTED POOR COUNTRIES: That this Parliament, in accordance with section 6A(2)(d) of the Bretton Woods Agreements Act (Chapter 27 of the 2012 Revised Edition), resolves that the maximum amount of grants that the Monetary Authority of Singapore may give under the bilateral agreement (or its subsequent variations) to be made by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Singapore) with the International Monetary Fund to support Somalia’s debt relief efforts via the Trust for Special Poverty Reduction and Growth Operations for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries, is 680,000 Special Drawing Rights (approximately 970,000 United States Dollars).

Below are the questions filed towards the various Ministers

Prime Minister

Mr Desmond Choo: To ask the Prime Minister (a) how large is the crypto asset market in Singapore; (b) how does MAS view the trend of greater transactions of such assets amongst companies and retail investors; and (c) how are crypto asset exchanges regulated to provide a stable and benign trading environment in Singapore.

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Prime Minister whether there are any specific studies conducted in Singapore that show that increasing a person’s childcare leave entitlement will lead to a decrease in their employability.

Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan: To ask the Prime Minister for each of the years from 2010 to 2020 (a) how many people in the labour force are working as insurance agents; and (b) what is the breakdown for such persons in terms of full-time employment, part-time employment, educational qualification, age, gender and nationality.

Ms Mariam Jaafar: To ask the Prime Minister what is the current number of retired public servants who are on pension schemes that provide healthcare coverage for themselves and their spouses.

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Prime Minister for each year in the past five years what is the take-up rate of childcare sick leave by public servants.

Mr Desmond Choo: To ask the Prime Minister (a) what is the impact of rapidly rising US long-term interest rates on Singapore; and (b) how will it affect Singaporean households with exposure to property mortgages.

Minister for Transport

Mr Ang Wei Neng: To ask the Minister for Transport whether he can provide more details on the digital vaccine passport system between Singapore and Australia and travel bubble arrangements with countries that have the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) what are the circumstances behind the 25 February 2021 incident where a person was purportedly killed on the MRT track near Kallang station; (b) what safeguards are in place to prevent unauthorised track incursions particularly during train service hours; and (c) whether these measures are adequate in light of this incident.

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: To ask the Minister for Transport in light of the Government’s efforts to transition the local automobile fleet toward low-emissions vehicles (a) why COEs for vehicles in Categories A, B, and D can only be renewed for a 5-year period once, compared to those in Category C which can be renewed multiple times until the end of their statutory lifespan even if the latter category is more likely to generate higher emissions; and (b) whether the Government will consider exempting the once-only renewal of 5-year COEs for hybrid and electric vehicles if these vehicles satisfy the necessary vehicle emissions inspections.

Mr Yip Hon Weng: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) in the past three years, how many requests for covered linkways from the gates of condominiums have been received and how many of these are granted under the Walk2Ride programme; (b) whether exemptions have been granted where condominiums do not fulfil the requirement of having a fully sheltered route within its compound from the residential blocks to the gate; and (c) whether LTA will consider doing away with this requirement.

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for Transport whether the Ministry considers it safe for a child to be seated on his or her parent’s lap while travelling in a taxi.

Dr Tan Wu Meng: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) how many and what proportion of street lamps currently use LED lighting; (b) of these, how many have designs which incorporate the use of solar energy capture or storage; and (c) what measures are being taken to increase sustainability and reduce the energy footprint of street lamps while concurrently maintaining adequate illumination for vehicles and pedestrians.

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang: To ask the Minister for Transport for each year in the past five years (a) what is the number of accidents reported for (i) passenger cars (ii) private-hire cars and (iii) taxis; (b) what is the number of accidents involving injuries reported for (i) passenger cars (ii) private-hire cars and (iii) taxis; and (c) what is the number of accidents involving fatalities reported for (i) passenger cars (ii) private-hire cars and (iii) taxis

Ms Ng Ling Ling: To ask the Minister for Transport (a) in the past three years, what is the number of public feedback on illegal parking; and (b) how many enforcement tickets have been issued in each of the years.

Mr Don Wee: To ask the Minister for Transport whether LTA will consider routing bus service 983 through Keat Hong Close as previously practised and, if not, what are the reasons for not doing so.

Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for Transport whether the Ministry will consider promulgating stringent electric vehicle (EV) battery standards and safe charging practices to reduce the risk of fire from the usage or charging of EV batteries.

Minister for National Development

Mr Darryl David: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how is the HDB managing the construction backlog of BTO flats that have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and (b) whether measures are in place to help those individuals and families who were expecting their new flats but are now adversely impacted because their flats have been delayed.

Ms Yeo Wan Ling: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how many HDB BTO projects have been delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis; (b) how many people have been affected by these delays such as those unable to find housing or having to pay unsustainable rental fees for longer than expected; and (c) what forms of support can the Government provide for these affected persons.

Mr Darryl David: To ask the Minister for National Development whether the Home Improvement Programme (HIP), Lift Replacement Programme (LRP) and Neighbourhood Renewal Programmes (NRP) in HDB estates are affected in the short to medium term due the Government having spent a significant amount of funds to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Ang Wei Neng: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) to date, what is the number of HDB flats that have undergone the Home Improvement Programme (HIP); (b) what is the number of HDB flats that are eligible for HIP but have not been selected for HIP; and (c) whether HIP has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and, if so, whether HDB has plans to expedite the HIP process.

Ms He Ting Ru: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether the Government will consider a full supply chain audit to evaluate the environmental impact of any upcoming land reclamation projects; and (b) whether the environmental impact assessment will be made public.

Ms Carrie Tan: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether there is an eco-system approach to mitigating bird pest issues such as the over-population of crows and pigeons; and (b) how long has the “nonfeeding” approach been running in various constituencies and how effective have they been so far.

Ms Ng Ling Ling: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether greater deterrence can be imposed to discourage feeding of pigeons in HDB estates; and (b) whether any research is on-going to find new strategies to tackle the perennial problem of a growing number of pigeons in many estates.

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) besides the use of sign posts and social media, how does NParks plan to educate the public on the safe use of its Park Connector Network through its new lane markings; and (b) when will the public education efforts begin

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how many wheelchair-bound HDB residents currently live on floors without lift access; and (b) in the last three years, how many cases of complaints have been received annually from wheelchair-bound HDB residents over accessibility problems within HDB blocks and estates.

Ms Hazel Poa: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what is the average annual number of cases of obstruction along HDB corridors; and (b) what is the average time frame for such cases to be successfully resolved.

Mr Abdul Samad: To ask the Minister for National Development whether there are plans to convert huge utility stations in the city areas like power sub-stations and telecommunications stations to underground stations.

Ms Mariam Jaafar: To ask the Minister for National Development what percentage of those who currently apply to rent a flat under the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme are (i) married couples (ii) couples under the Fiancé/Fiancée Scheme and (iii) divorced or widowed parents with children respectively.

Ms Mariam Jaafar: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what is the current number of low-income families who are renting HDB units, in whole or in part, in the open market; and (b) what is the mix of flat sizes for this group.

Mr Gan Thiam Poh: To ask the Minister for National Development with regard to recommendations by the Tripartite Cluster for Landscape industry to introduce a dual-track career ladder to create high value-add job roles, how many new entrants are expected to take on the roles of (i) landscape specialist and (ii) senior landscape specialist in the sub-sectors of arboriculture, horticulture and turf maintenance, and nursery respectively by 2025.

Ms Carrie Tan: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what efforts are being planned to educate Singaporeans about living in harmony with wildlife; and (b) whether such efforts are being included in primary school education.

Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan: To ask the Minister for National Development for each of the years from 2010 to 2020 (a) how many people in the labour force are working as real estate agents or salespersons; and (b) what is the breakdown for such persons in terms of full-time employment, part-time employment, educational qualification, age, gender and nationality.

Mr Abdul Samad: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) in the next five years, what will be the 1,000 new and upgraded landscape jobs and skillsets expected, broken down by number and types of jobs; and (b) how will these training needs be met.

Mr Don Wee: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what measures are in place to ensure that property agents under the Council of Estate Agencies do not encourage HDB owners to (i) sell their flats before the end of their minimum occupation period (MOP) and (ii) purchase replacement flats which are usually more expensive than the ones they sold; and (b) how is the code of professional conduct enforced and monitored.

Mr Don Wee: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what measures are in place to ensure that Town Councils and Management Corporation Strata Titles (MCSTs) perform regular inspections to enforce clutter-free corridors, lift landings and stairwells, in accordance with Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) guidelines and the Fire Safety Act; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider imposing fines to increase the compliance rate when the removal of obstacles such as furniture, appliances, mobility devices and flower pots are not done in a timely manner.

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: To ask the Minister for National Development whether HDB will (i) consider a waiver from the two-time limit for HDB’s housing loan eligibility (HLE) where individuals have derived no direct monetary benefit from their ownership of the property and (ii) review its advisory protocol for HDB loan officers to fully articulate the consequences of including one’s name into HDB flat ownership following the death of a parent so as to preclude instances where names are included “for safety” but inadvertently result in the applicant losing one of their two opportunities to obtain a HLE loan.

Mr Abdul Samad: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how many commercial and residential buildings are currently powered by solar panels; and (b) what is their average power capacity.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for National Development whether local companies will be given priority in bidding for the pilot Tampines Municipal Services project in order to build local capability for future projects.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for National Development how does the Ministry intend to delegate law enforcement powers to a commercial entity in the pilot Tampines Municipal Services Project given that the successful bidder will not be a government agency.

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: To ask the Minister for National Development what is the breakdown in number of unsuccessful applications for public rental flats based on rejection criteria over the past five years.

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) what limits are in place for the construction of building structures on land designated as a national park; (b) why was Bedok Reservoir Park chosen as the site for the construction of the HomeTeamNS Bedok Clubhouse; (c) why Coney Island Park was chosen as the site for the construction of a second Outward Bound Singapore campus; and (d) whether facilities like these can be built outside national parks instead so as not to destroy green areas in the park

Mr Sharael Taha: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how many HDB flats are currently eligible for the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) but have not had the HIP upgrading works commence; and (b) whether there are plans to expedite the completion of HIP upgrading works.

Mr Dennis Tan Lip Fong: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) whether the carbon footprint of building materials used for public housing projects has any bearing on HDB tender outcomes; and (b) what targets have been set to reduce the carbon footprint of building materials procured for HDB projects.

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr Ang Wei Neng: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs given the escalating violent situation in Myanmar, whether the Ministry will consider calling for a coordinated response among ASEAN countries to prevent further escalation in Myanmar.

Mr Leong Mun Wai: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs given the reports of at least 250 protesters being killed by Myanmar’s security forces since the 1 February 2021 coup in Myanmar (a) what further actions is ASEAN taking to de-escalate and stabilise the current situation in Myanmar; and (b) what steps can Singapore take, both individually and as part of ASEAN, to establish a more principled diplomacy

Minister for Communications and Information

Mr Lim Biow Chuan: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information whether there are any regulations to prevent media giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter from shutting down their services in Singapore.

Miss Cheryl Chan Wei Ling: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information (a) how does IMDA ensure mobile network operators (MNOs) provide sufficient coverage for users in residential estates or public areas especially at underground MRT stations; and (b) whether IMDA will consider assisting with a standard contract template that can be used by MNOs and building owners (private condominiums) to fairly address the concerns of installations.

Mr Abdul Samad: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information (a) what is the ratio of Singaporean IT graduates in employment currently to foreigners; and (b) how many Singaporean IT students are expected to graduate in one to three years’ time.

Minister for Home Affairs

Dr Tan Wu Meng: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs what measures are in place to prevent debt collection agencies from engaging in harassment and intimidation of debtors.

Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs what assistance can be provided to parents of minors who wish to make background checks of persons to ascertain that they have not been convicted of sexual offences against minors before engaging them as freelance tutors or instructors for their children.

Mr Gan Thiam Poh: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) in the past 18 months, how many drivers have been caught speeding along Fernvale Street, Fernvale Link, Jalan Kayu, Fernvale Road and Sengkang West Way; (b) whether these areas can be considered as “speeding red zones”; and (c) whether joint operations by Traffic Police and LTA can be carried out to tackle speeding and offences of modified engines that cause excessive noise at these locations.

Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs whether ICA can provide a one-stop digital reporting system to enable home owners to report the receipt of letters from government agencies that are addressed to persons who are not residing in their homes so that steps can be taken to stop mailing letters to these non resident persons at the reported addresses.

Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs how will schools, religious and social organisations involving youths work together to engage them online and offline on the ills of radicalisation.

Mr Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) for each of the years between 2015 and 2020, what are the industries in which inmates have secured jobs upon their release from prison, broken down by percentage of job placements for each industry; and (b) of those inmates who have secured jobs, what is the percentage who are imprisoned because of drug-related offences.

Ms Sylvia Lim: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs what is the status and outcome of police investigations into a report by SportSG in April 2017 concerning an alleged misuse of funds, which resulted in police raids of the offices of the Football Association of Singapore and three local football clubs as part of the probe.

Minister for Health

Ms Foo Mee Har: To ask the Minister for Health whether there can be a standby queue at COVID-19 vaccination centres to allow interested members of the public to take the place of those who do not turn up for their scheduled vaccination.

Mr Lim Biow Chuan: To ask the Minister for Health whether the Ministry will reconsider its stand and to allow Singaporeans who are required to travel for work and studies to opt in to receive early COVID-19 vaccination since more vaccine supplies have arrived.

Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Health whether there is a hotline number for members of the public who have had their COVID-19 vaccinations to call if they have queries regarding post-vaccination symptoms and for clarifications and assurance.

Ms Foo Mee Har: To ask the Minister for Health whether staff and volunteers working in mosques can be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination in preparation for conducting terawih and qiyamullail during the holy month of Ramadan.

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: To ask the Minister for Health (a) to date, what proportion of persons aged (i) over-70 years (ii) 60–70 years and (iii) under 60 years have taken the COVID-19 vaccine; and (b) what measures are in place to increase the voluntary take-up of the vaccine.

Ms Sylvia Lim: To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the proportion of persons invited to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments who have been rejected due to them failing the pre-vaccination questionnaire; and (b) how is the Ministry adjusting its vaccination plans to minimise wastage of vaccines.

Mr Abdul Samad: To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the number of workers in the essential services sector who have gone through the COVID19 vaccination; and (b) what are the criteria for the selection of workers.

Mr Sharael Taha: To ask the Minister for Health whether volunteers and staff at congregational and worship services can be considered as frontline staff and prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination.

Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for Health (a) whether he can provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme; and (b) whether the Ministry intends to measure the antibody levels of persons (either as a class or individually) over time after they have been vaccinated to assess whether these persons retain immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Health whether the Ministry will provide cards or letters to Singaporeans who, for medical reasons, are unable to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, for them to show merchants and their staff who may disallow those without vaccination from entering their stores in future

Ms Foo Mee Har: To ask the Minister for Health whether a digital vaccine passport system will be used to enable local residents who have been vaccinated to return to pre-COVID-19 activities and be exempted from quarantine upon return from overseas.

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: To ask the Minister for Health whether the approval of certain less commonly recognised COVID-19 vaccines for use in Singapore may compromise the value of our COVID-19 vaccine certification passport for travel to countries that do not recognise these vaccines.

Ms Ng Ling Ling: To ask the Minister for Health whether he can elaborate on the COVID-19 vaccination passport plan especially on how business, compassionate and leisure travels may be allowed under such a plan.

Dr Tan Wu Meng: To ask the Minister for Health (a) from 2016 to 2020, how many registrations of registered nurses lapsed each year; (b) whether the Ministry has ascertained the reasons and underlying causes for the lapsing of registrations; (c) how many registered nurses are still employed in healthcare institutions but not in full-time nursing work at the point of registration lapsing; and (d) what channels exist to assist formerly registered nurses wishing to resume nursing practice.

Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the take-up rate of the Screen for Life (SFL) programme since 2017; (b) of those who used the SFL subsidies, what is the breakdown by ethnicity and educational levels, income levels or housing type; (c) what is the percentage detected to have chronic diseases and are under follow-up after SFL screening; and (d) whether the Ministry will nudge groups (by ethnicity or education levels) associated with a higher risk of chronic diseases to go for health screening under SFL.

Dr Lim Wee Kiak: To ask the Minister for Health (a) what is the resignation rate of frontline healthcare workers since the COVID-19 pandemic started as compared to the year before; (b) what measures has the Ministry taken to ensure our healthcare staff are coping adequately with the stresses of their work during this period; and (c) what support measures do healthcare workers receive if they express difficulty in coping.

Dr Shahira Abdullah: To ask the Minister for Health whether the Working Group on Health for Ethnic Minorities will collect data to examine the association between poorer health and other social determinants of health to accurately identify the root causes of poor health in such communities.

Dr Lim Wee Kiak: To ask the Minister for Health (a) whether the Ministry will look into the process of empanelling specialist doctors to the approved list of insurance companies; (b) what is the Ministry’s stand on the violation of medical ethics in the scheme where insurance companies basically reward patients for choosing their panel of doctors; and (c) whether these insurers will be allowed to challenge the opinions of specialists after they had rendered treatment to their patients.

Dr Lim Wee Kiak: To ask the Minister for Health since the private healthcare sector is mobilised to support the Government’s mass COVID-19 vaccination programme (a) whether the private healthcare sector can be allowed to procure vaccines approved by the Ministry to provide vaccinations to patients; and (b) what will be the criteria to approve the import of vaccines and execute the vaccination.

Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Health (a) to date, of the number of applications to the Rare Disease Fund, how many have been successful and how many have been unsuccessful; (b) what avenues of public consultation and engagement the Government is seeking with respect to helping Singaporeans with rare diseases; and (c) whether the Government will consider setting up a Rare Disease Registry to provide publicly available data on the prevalence of rare diseases in Singapore and the burden of cost it imposes on patients.

Ms He Ting Ru: To ask the Minister for Health (a) to date, what is the total number of successful applications for the Home Caregiving Grant; (b) how much in total has been paid out of the grant to date; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider a lower grant for care recipients living in properties with annual value of more than $13,000 to $21,000.

Ms Ng Ling Ling: To ask the Minister for Health given the rise in number of seniors living only with their spouse, should one or both of their health suddenly deteriorate and they are unable to look after each other or afford a foreign domestic worker, what are the programmes they can tap on both if they are staying in HDB flats or private landed homes.

Miss Rachel Ong: To ask the Minister for Health whether workers involved in the food supply production process, including manufacturing, processing, abattoirs, caterers and logistics, can be prioritised in the COVID-19 vaccination exercise given their role as an essential service in Singapore.

Mr Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim: To ask the Minister for Health (a) whether the Ministry will consider consulting or addressing concerns of religious groups before approving COVID-19 vaccines for use in Singapore, particularly vaccines which are alleged to pose a moral dilemma such as the use of abortion-derived cell lines in the production of such vaccines; and (b) whether the Government will allow a person to select the vaccines based on their religious or moral preference.

Ms Joan Pereira: To ask the Minister for Health with vaping being on the rise in Singapore, how is the Ministry (i) clamping down on the smuggling of e-cigarettes and (ii) educating and informing youths about the harmful carcinogenic chemicals contained in e-cigarettes.

Ms Mariam Jaafar: To ask the Minister for Health whether locum nurses and Singaporean construction workers who work closely with foreign workers can be given priority for COVID-19 vaccination, similar to frontline workers.

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis: To ask the Minister for Health whether individuals will be allowed to select any COVID-19 vaccination centre of their choice regardless of their constituency, to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye: To ask the Minister for Health (a) in the past five years, how many complaints have been made against mental health practitioners who provide treatment in fields not regulated under the Allied Health Professions Act; and (b) what is the recourse available for patients who experience negative mental health outcomes after seeking treatment from unregulated mental health practitioners.

Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Health what principles or criteria are used to decide whether (i) returning Singaporeans from certain countries can be exempt from Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements and (ii) certain countries are to become exempt from SHN requirements for returning Singaporeans from