Roy for nominated member of Parliament?!

Have you seen this?

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He’s comparing Roy: an irresponsible, defaming, careless and statistically creative person to a wheelchair bound, President of the Society of the Physically Disabled.

Chia Yong Yong has been serving the SPD since 1997. Trained as a lawyer, she has both directly and indirectly benefited the people in this segment of our society for well over a decade. She has brought honour to the Republic: one of the requirements of an NMP.

Does it really matter what political affiliation her sister is aligned with?

If Singapore is going to become pro this and anti that, we’ve lost it.

This is not a game of football where you support one team and lambast the other. People go into Parliament because they have the ability, the intelligence and the wherewithal to articulately battle out reasons to back policies that govern our lives until the day Singapore is no more.

This has to be above politics. This is the very reason the position of “Nominated Member of Parliament” was designed – so that people representing society will fight for us, free of partisan influence.

The last thing we want is for the internet to cloud this position with party politics.

Oh, and by the way, is Roy free of partisan agenda? His 400+ articles are so venomously anti-PAP and pro-opposition, you cannot with a straight face say he’s non-partisan.

I’d like to quote the following from ex-NMP Calvin Cheng:

I think with increasingly competitive politics in Singapore, Nominated Members of Parliament will become more important not less.

Firstly, without having to face elections, NMPs can speak without fear or favour. And they MUST speak without fear or favour, and not because they want to be popular, since they don’t have to be. Elected MPs must always watch what they say, with one eye on the next elections.

Secondly, NMPs must speak out on issues that elected MPs may neglect. Most electoral issues are bread-and-butter, as they should be. However there are many issues that are important that may not be on political parties’ main agenda: Arts, the Environment, minority rights etc.

Finally, I do not think Roy Ngerng qualifies for the post of NMP under Paragraph 3(2) of the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution which clearly states:

“The persons to be nominated shall be persons who have rendered distinguished public service, or who have brought honour to the Republic, or who have distinguished themselves in the field of arts and letters, culture, the sciences, business, industry, the professions, social or community service or the labour movement.”

 

Have a think about it.

 

 

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Tay Leong Tan

Tay Leong Tan is a collective of 3 writers. Tay, Leong and Tan. (Who were you expecting?!) We are enthusiastic about labour issues, economics and current affairs in particular.

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