12 Jan '12, 12am

Nice to know that the subject of ministerial salaries is not "a matter of conscience"

SINGAPORE - The whip will be in place when Parliament debates a new formula for ministerial salaries on Monday, said Government Whip Gan Kim Yong in response to a query from Today. "There is no intention to lift the whip. We would only do so if the subject is a matter of conscience," he wrote in an emailed reply yesterday. The whip ensures all the ruling People's Action Party Members of Parliament vote according to the party line. Contacted yesterday, several PAP MPs shied away from commenting on whether they felt the whip should be lifted for the debate. Among those who replied was Marine Parade GRC MP Fatimah Lateef, who felt that whatever the case, MPs should "stand up for what they believe in". Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Gan Thiam Poh said that from informal discussions among fellow MPs, support for the proposed formula was visible. "So I don't think it really matters if...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC120112-0000081/Wh...

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