PAP MPs have filed questions on Ridout Road rentals since May 16
May 18, 2023
The recent news pertaining to the rental of Ridout properties has given rise to queries on the type of housing political office holders and Members of Parliament should live in, and the state properties’ rental and bid process.
Several of our MPs have filed PQs for the upcoming Parliament since 16th May seeking clarity on these queries.
These MPs include Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok SMC), Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim (Chua Chu Kang GRC), and Sitoh Yih Pin (Potong Pasir SMC).
Their questions follow:
May 16: Murali Pillai
MP Pillai’s question came earliest out of all the Parliamentary questions filed:
To ask the Minister for Law (a) what were the steps taken to market, tenant and renew the tenancies of 26 and 31 Ridout Road; and (b) whether the Minister for Law was involved in his official capacity in any decisions relating to the rentals of 26 and 31 Ridout Road.
To ask the Minister for Law in respect of tender of rental properties managed by SLA, what measures have been put in place to ensure that (i) any bidder participating in the tender is not provided with any advantage over other bidders and (ii) the bid process is fair, transparent and competitive.
May 16: Zhulkarnain Abdul Rahim
MP Zhulkarnain’s question:
To ask the Minister for Law with regard to the two state properties at Ridout Road that are currently tenanted to two Ministers (a) what were the circumstances under which the properties came to be rented out to them; and (b) how had SLA marketed the two properties to be leased.
May 17: Sitoh Yih Pin
MP Sitoh’s question:
To ask the Minister for Law in respect of the two state proprieties at Ridout Road that are currently rented out to two Ministers (a) what are SLA’s standard tenancy operating procedures; (b) whether SLA has followed these procedures