10 Oct '11, 7am

Singapore's 12th Parliament opens, to several firsts

Singapore's 12th Parliament opens, to several firsts

The 12th Parliament of Singapore opened on Monday at 3.30pm, marking several firsts in Singapore's parliamentary history. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN By Tessa Wong The 12th Parliament of Singapore opened on Monday at 3.30pm, marking several firsts in Singapore's parliamentary history. A new Speaker of the House, Mr Michael Palmer, has been elected. The Punggol East Member of Parliament (MP) is the first Eurasian to hold the post since independence. Aged 43 years old, he is also one of the youngest Speakers. The 87 MPs and three Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) then took their oath of allegiance to Singapore. With six elected MPs from the Workers Party, this Parliament has the highest number of elected opposition MPs since 1966, when 11 Barisan Sosialis MPs walked out. It is also the first time ever that former prime minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew occupies a backbench ...

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