Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu announced in Parliament on Wednesday (6 Mar) that new services will be added to the Municipal Services Office (MSO) online OneService application in the near future.
The new services will allow residents to complete simple transactions and engage each other more conveniently.
Fu added that the MSO, which she heads, will pump another S$25 million over a period of five years to extend the Municipal Services Productivity Fund (MSPF), that is meant to help government agencies provide better services to residents.
One of the projects that Fu highlighted as an initiative funded by the MSPF is the Parking.sg mobile application, that allows motorists in Singapore to pay for parking digitally.
Revealing that the application has helped motorists save costs, Fu said: “Nearly half of parking sessions are ended early, with more than $S3.3 million refunded to drivers for unused time so far.”
Interestingly, the Parking.sg application was developed by the son of the nation’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Li Hongyi.
The son of Lee and state-owned wealth fund Temasek’s CEO Ho Ching, Hongyi presently serves as deputy director of product and engineering at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech).
Having previously been employed at Google, the MIT graduate has been with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore for over 4 years, since December 2013. According to his LinkedIn profile, Hongyi is now in charge of increasing interest in computer science education in Singapore, redesigning and reimplementing data.gov.sg, and improving the transport network using sensors and optimisation algorithms.
Hongyi is now working on improving the efficiency of transport in Singapore through a new application called Beeline – a crowdsourcing platform for commuters to “activate more direct, private express bus routes that cater to their travel needs, especially during peak periods.”
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