17 May '11, 10pm

Lifting the Party Whip: PAP MPs share their views

SINGAPORE: It was a suggestion first raised by outgoing Foreign Minister George Yeo last month - before hustings for the General Election got underway - that the PAP Government "should consider" lifting the Party Whip during the vote on policies and "give more free play" to its Members of Parliament (MP). And as calls for a transformation within the ruling party gathered momentum in recent weeks, letter writers to newspapers have suggested this be an area to be re-examined. But PAP MPs who MediaCorp spoke to were split on the issue. While some called for the Whip to be lifted on more occasions, others reiterated that its use was necessary for party discipline and when tough policies had to be implemented. Currently, MPs can speak freely during debates. The Party Whip applies only during voting. Six-term MP Charles Chong, who supported the repeal of a law that criminalises ...

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