NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL PROGRAMME UNDER REVIEW
THE Ministry of National Development will consider extending the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) to flats built in the early 1990s, said minister Khaw Boon Wan in Parliament yesterday.
Currently, only flats built before December 1989 and which have not undergone other major upgrading programmes are eligible.
Mr Khaw said that if an extension is made, priority will be given to towns, such as those in the Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, which have not benefited from the main or interim upgrading programmes.
"Now that we have crossed the three-quarter mark, it is timely to review the original set of selection criteria," he said.
Launched in 2007, about 140,000 flats - or 75 per cent - of 187,000 eligible flats have been selected for the NRP thus far.
The programme upgrades selected Housing Block precincts by providing facilities, such as drop-off porches.
MANY NS-LIABLE MALE PRs DID NOT SERVE STINTS
A large number of second-generation male permanent residents (PRs), who were liable for national service (NS), did not serve their stints in the last five years.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said in Parliament yesterday that although some 7,200 PRs served NS in that period, 2,600 others renounced their PR status before doing so.
All second-generation male PRs are required to serve NS.
Dr Ng stressed that those PRs who skip NS "will face serious, adverse consequences when they subsequently apply to study or to work in Singapore".
He was speaking in response to a question by Arthur Fong, a Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC.