Written Answer by Minister for Law K Shanmugam to PQ on Increasing Powers of Public Officers in New Mandatory Mediation Framework to Include Resolving Secondhand Smoke Cases
19 September 2023 Posted in Parliamentary speeches and responses
Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang (Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC)
To ask the Minister for Law whether the Ministry will consider expanding the new framework for mandatory mediation and increasing the powers of public officers to include resolving secondhand smoke cases between neighbouring units in HDB estates in addition to noise cases.
- An inter-agency committee is reviewing the Community Dispute Management Framework. Potential enhancements include mandating mediation for suitable types of cases, and piloting a team of personnel vested with investigation and enforcement powers to follow up on serious disputes between neighbours.
- For the pilot, the team of dedicated personnel will focus on noise disputes, as noise is the primary source of disputes between neighbours, and mandatory mediation will apply. As experience is gained from the pilot, agencies will assess expanding mandatory mediation to other types of neighbour disputes, including disputes involving second-hand smoke.
Last updated on 19 September 2023