Workers Party MPs continue to ask more frivolous and ridiculous questions in parliament
Posted by temasektimes on October 15, 2012
Parliament is supposedly an important occasion for opposition MPs to ask the government questions of national interest and to hold it accountable to its words and actions, but in Singapore, it has degenerated into a fracas thanks to the Workers Party.
With 6 MPs and 2 NCMPs in parliament, one would expect the Workers Party to be more vocal and critical of government policies. Unfortunately, its MPs continue to waste precious air time by fielding irrelevant, frivolous and ridiculous questions to ‘amuse’ the ruling party.
After spending 10 minutes talking about ‘bird droppings’ in the last session, newly-minted Hougang MP Png Eng Huat asked the Minister for Transport what additional steps are taken to assess the suitability of the surrounding areas for the construction of underground MRT lines in the wake of the Watten Estate incident. (and the estate is not even in Hougang)
As if one question on the topic is not enough, NCMP Gerald Giam asked the Minister for the specific causes of the property damage suffered by properties in Watten Estate as a result of the Downtown MRT Line construction works.
Meanwhile, the unofficial spokeswoman for the PAP Sylvia Lim put up the same ‘wayang’ in parliament by asking the Minister of National Development on the use of tempered glass in panels used as safety barriers at balconies for condominiums as if it is a grave matter requiring urgent attention.
There are no questions fielded by WP Chief Low Thia Kiang who was again missing in action.
During the election rally last year, Low proclaimed that his party would be a ‘co-driver’ to the PAP to slap it if it falls asleep. Judging from his frequent no-shows in parliament, it appears that he is the one who has been ‘sleeping’ instead.
With such a ‘loyal’ and ‘virtuous’ opposition in parliament which is dying to form a coalition government with it, the PAP is never in real danger of losing power.