On 3 August 2021, my parliamentary colleague, Mr Christopher de Souza moved a motion to commemorate 200 years of the Singapore Police Force. In my speech in support of this motion, I focussed on the contributions of our retired police officers, especially during the days in the 1960s and 1970s when we had serious law and order issues. I also spoke about the sacrifice of the families of officers killed in the line of duty. …


Bukit Batok is served by a number of preschools. PCF Sparkletots alone runs 7 centres. Just last month, the PCF Sparkletots @ Blk 293 expanded its premises to accommodate more children. I am glad to have played a role in persuading PCF to expand the premises so as to allow more families living nearby to send their children there. Even then, the numbers quickly filled up giving rise to a sense that there may be insufficient number of preschool places. Hence, I filed this parliamentary question to get a better understanding of the situation. …


A 2019 survey revealed that whilst only 2 % of Singaporean adults are unbanked, a sizeable 38% of Singaporean adults are underbanked. Given the push to digitalization, I asked the Prime Minister whether the digital banks which only recently issued with licenses by MAS may also roped in to provide basic banking accounts and services to these groups of Singaporeans so as to ensure their financial inclusion. I was heartened to read SM Tharman’s response in which he stated that digital banks are expected to allow for accounts for no minimum balance requirements or even where they fall below fees…


In 2017, I suggested in Parliament that the Government initiate a programme to celebrate couples’ Golden Jubilee wedding anniversaries to signal the importance of families as a building block of our society. My suggestion was accepted by the Government and implemented from 2018.

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was clear to me that the role of family in rallying family members together became all the more important. I therefore asked the Minister for Social and Family Development whether the programme could continue. …


On 26 July 2021, focus in Parliament fell on the Government’s actions to deal with the recent flare up in Covid-19 infections within our communities as well as its strategy to deal with such infections at the endemic stage.

I raised 3 questions. First, given the public’s concerns on the KTV cluster, I sought an understanding from the Minister for Health whether intelligence on business believed to be flouting the Covid-19 Safe Management Measures is shared for the purposes of enforcement action. …


In our estate, we do have a problem with persons who persist in illegal wildlife feeding even though they have been advised not to do so. This causes a proliferation in the population of wildlife, particularly pigeons. In my engagement with NParks, the Government agency responsible for taking action against such persons, I was told that a good number of the persistent feeders have psychiatric issues.

Currently, when these persons are charged in Court for the offence of wildlife feeding, the Court may only impose a sentence of fine on them. For these reasons, I filed a PQ suggesting to…


The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many of us in so many different ways. The impact extends beyond the infection and economic consequences to mental health issues.

In early July 2021, I filed a question asking the Minister for Education on the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of our students and steps that his Ministry will be taking to improve the mental resilience of our students.

I also took the opportunity to suggest, during the clarification time after Minister Chan issued a Ministerial Statement on the tragic case of the death of a 13 year old student at River…


In November last year, I asked the Minister for Law & Home Affairs whether the Government was prepared to set up a separate Judicial Service Commission under the Constitution of Singapore. I felt then that such a move will allow our judicial officers to deepen their competence to keep pace with the ever more complex factual and legal issues that are being considered in the courts. The Minister’s reply then was that he felt the current integrated model under the Legal Service Commission which manages legal officers in the judicial and legal career tracks is probably the best for the…


Covid-19 pandemic has completely changed the way many of us work. Quite a number of us work from home.

As a result, peace and quiet is all the more important. However, there will be a need for renovation works to be undertaken too, especially those who recently purchased their homes and intend to move in asap.

I filed this PQ to ask the Minister for his assessment of this situation and what steps can be taken to strike a reasonable balance between competing needs.

Mr Murali Pillai: To ask the Minister for National Development (a) how many cases of breaches…


Ransomware attacks are becoming commonplace. Targets are not just government bodies but private companies too. The disruption that such attacks have and can cause can be debilitating.

The question that we should ask is what can we do to be better prepared.

I asked this question of the hon Minister for Communications and Information. The hon Minister’s response is most helpful indeed. Please do look out for her tips on cyber hygiene measures that everyone can and should imbibe.

SAFEGUARDS IN PLACE AFTER RECENT SPATE OF RANSOMWARE INCIDENTS ABROAD

Mr Murali Pillai asked the Minister for Communications and Information following…

Murali Pillai

Member of Parliament for Bukit Batok SMC, Advisor to Bukit Batok SMC GROs.

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