02 May '11, 10am

Shouldn't MPs have 100% rights to speak and vote in Parliament? PM Lee is selling his "NCMPs have 95% rights" koyok.

SINGAPORE - In a press conference held by the PAP just an hour ago, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong reiterated that a Non-constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) had virtually the same say in Parliament as any other MP. "This is a tactic the Opposition is using. If you want to be an MP, surely you can't say being NCMP is just as good, right ," said Mr Lee. "I don't understand why you don't think NCMPs are not real. They campaigned and were voted in; they can debate any issue and introduce bills. They only thing they can't do is vote on Constitutional amendments, money bills and confidence votes. "They can participate in 95 per cent of Parliamentary debates." The Prime Minister added: "NMPs (Nominated Member of Parliament) have introduced legislation. NMPs and NCMPs have moved motions to debate in Parliament (most recently in by-elections). They have every right to ask an...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/SingaporeVotes/EDC110502-00010...

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