30 Sep '11, 12pm

New parliament seating plan for MPs

SINGAPORE: With 10 days to go before the new session of Singapore's Parliament opens, Channel NewsAsia understands that Members of Parliament (MPs) have received the proposed plan indicating where they will be seated in the Chamber. The seating plan hints at whom the likely Deputy Speakers are and where Singapore's former prime ministers Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong are likely to sit. After a five-month break following the General Election in May, Singapore's Parliament is set to kick off its new session with the swearing-in of the MPs and the opening speech by the new President, Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam. But the first order of business will be to elect the new Speaker. The MP for Punggol East, Michael Palmer, is the candidate for the post. The new Parliament chamber has 90 MPs - 87 elected and three Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs). NCMPs are the best losing opposition candidat...

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