17 Oct '11, 7am

Singapore Parliament opens, Deputy Speakers elected

Singapore Parliament opens, Deputy Speakers elected

SINGAPORE: Singapore's new Parliament got into full swing on Monday with the start of the week-long debate on the President's speech. Kicking off the motion to thank the President was MP for Sengkang West Single Member Constituency (SMC) and GPC chairman for Health Lam Pin Min. Dr Lam said the 2011 Singapore General Election (GE) was a water-shed event in Singapore's political history not because an opposition party had managed to secure a Group Representation Constituency (GRC). He said he felt it was a result of Singapore's political landscape being dramatically altered with the advent of the Internet and social media. And so the take-away message from the last GE was that online platforms, whether they were social-media tools, online news sources or blogs, were inevitably now part of the standard tool kit for people engaged in politics. "I agree with the President that ...

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