13 Apr '11, 2pm

GE: WP's Sylvia Lim comments on NCMP system

GE: WP's Sylvia Lim comments on NCMP system

SINGAPORE : Worker's Party Chairman Sylvia Lim said the Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMP) system remains flawed, despite allowing for more robust debate. That's because NCMPs do not get full voting rights, and do not represent any electorate. At a forum on Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had defended the scheme against comments that NCMPs are not "real Opposition". He said they enjoyed full debating rights, and noted that the scheme allowed Opposition members to establish themselves and gain more visibility among the electorate. Ms Lim fought her first election in 2006 in Aljunied GRC. As the best-performing loser, she entered Parliament as an NCMP. Her team garnered 43.9 per cent of votes against the People's Action Party (PAP) team, and decided to take up the seat after considering the "effect on voters" if they had rejected the offer after a closely-...

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