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Parliament to discuss transport, halal certification

Members of Parliament have tabled several questions ahead of the resumption of the Budget debate in Parliament on Tuesday.

Parliament to discuss transport, halal certification

Singapore Parliament House.

SINGAPORE: Transport will be one of the issues being brought up when Parliament meets on Tuesday.

MP Penny Low wants to know the Ministry of Transport's vision for the public transport landscape in five years' time, and what steps will be taken to move towards this five-year plan.

She also wants to know if the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system needs to be tweaked to be more responsive to live traffic situations.

Halal certification for stall operators will also be brought up.

MP Zaqy Mohamad wants to know MUIS' position on food courts that market themselves as halal outlets when only individual stall operators within these outlets are halal-certified.

He is asking the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs how MUIS can assure the public that such food courts or outlets are audited regularly to back their claims as halal certification is given to individual stalls which turn over on an ongoing basis.

Both MP for Nee-Soon GRC Lim Wee Kiak and Non-Constituency MP Lina Chiam want to know how many foreigners gave up their Singapore citizenship and Permanent Residency.

Mrs Chiam asked if there is a rigorous system to ensure that the right people are given these status.

She also wants to know the number of bankrupts who have been sent for debt restructuring schemes and the number who have been discharged from bankruptcy over the past two years.

MPs are expected to debate the Budget statement over the next two days before the various ministries set out their agenda in the Committee of Supply debate which is expected to last till March 9.

Source: CNA/cc

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