Changes to Parliamentary system: Don’t be lulled into the political “mind trap” set by the PAP

May 28, 2009 by · 8 Comments
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Written by Ng E-Jay
28 May 2009

Changes to the Parliamentary system were announced by PM Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday. They include:

  1. Amending the Constitution to allow for up to nine Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs);
  2. Amending the Parliamentary Elections Act to increase the stipulated minimum number of opposition MPs, including NCMPs, to nine;
  3. Amending the Parliamentary Elections Act to set a cap of 2 NCMPs to come from any one GRC, so as to spread out the NCMPs more evenly;
  4. Fine-tuning the NMP scheme to broaden representation of various interest groups;
  5. Fine-tuning the implementation of the GRC and SMC scheme to allow for fewer 6-member GRCs, and at least 12 SMCs up from the current 9.

According to PM Lee, the reason for the changes to the Parliamentary system was to “encourage a wider range of views in Parliament, including opposition and non-Government views“, because Singapore faces more complex policy choices and Singaporeans want national issues to be more fully debated.

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