09 Mar '11, 12am

ST reader asks: Explain role of NTUC in politics

I AM curious about the role of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) in politics. In recent announcements of potential candidates for the People's Action Party (PAP), I read that civil servants resigned their posts to join the NTUC. The switch was aimed ostensibly at preparing these former civil servants to stand as PAP candidates in the upcoming general election. I understand why civil servants cannot be Members of Parliament, but I have several questions: How is NTUC able to absorb these people? In any corporation, positions are based on needs. Were the positions specially created for these candidates? Why is NTUC providing candidates only for the PAP? Can senior executives of NTUC stand as opposition candidates? Can one be part of the NTUC leadership and remain an opposition party member? Can we separate these jobs from politics? Do MPs who work for NTUC take direct...

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