12 May '18, 4am

It's like ‘holding two full-time jobs’: How MPs cope with parliamentary duties https://t.co/sn31sBTuye

SINGAPORE: A Member of Parliament's life revolves around two key places: Their constituencies, walking the ground, holding Meet-the-People Sessions and spending time with residents; and in Parliament, where they undertake their role as legislators and seeing to the national interest when Parliament sits. And in recent years, Parliamentary sittings appear to be getting longer. Advertisement “In the old days, we used to sit from 1.30pm to 7pm,” said MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC Zaqy Mohamad, who became an MP in 2006. “But now, it can start at 10am, and run to 7.30pm or 8pm.” “There’ve been a few times when a 1-2 day sitting became 4 or 5 days because there were a lot of topics, or something controversial came up,” he added. “That caused a lot of commitment clashes.” CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS Indeed, data on the Parliament website bear out Mr Zaqy's observations. Advertisement Advert...

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