Mr Yip Hon Weng: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth when will a timeline on the review of the Community Dispute Management Framework be made available.
Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law:
- The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth leads an inter-agency committee that regularly reviews the Framework - the Framework that Mr Yip has referred to - to update and improve measures such as referral protocol amongst frontline agencies, mediation and of course also legislative recourse.
- Our guiding principles continue to be to:
a. Strengthen the neighbourliness to minimise disputes upstream as far as possible;
b. To encourage mediation between neighbours to mend relations as far as possible;
c. And finally, as a measure of last resort, legal recourse for cases which may be intransigent.
- Mr Yip and other members are welcome to share the views and feedback with us and with the inter-agency committee, so this Framework can be strengthened.