SINGAPORE — Parliament will debate on the duties and privileges of the Leader of the Opposition when it convenes on Monday (31 August) following the recent appointment of the Workers’ Party (WP) chief Pritam Singh for the role.
Leader of the House Indranee Rajah will also deliver a Ministerial Statement on the role of the Leader of the Opposition.
With effect from Monday until the end of the 14th Parliament, Singh shall be entitled to speak for up to 40 minutes to any question in the House.
Pioneer MP Patrick Tay Teck Guan will also move a motion to thank President Halimah Yacob for delivering her speech on behalf of the government at the opening of the first session of Parliament on 24 August.
Parliament will also appoint Singh and the following as members of the Committee of Selection: Indranee Rajah, Koh Poh Koon, Denise Phua Lay Peng, Tan See Leng, Edwin Tong Chun Fai and Zaqy Mohamad. The Committee has the authority to nominate Members of Parliament (MPs) to other committees.
Singh’s appointment as the Leader of the Opposition was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the recent General Election, when the WP won 10 parliamentary seats including in Aljunied GRC, Sengkang GRC and Hougang SMC.
Two members of the Progress Singapore Party – Leong Mun Wai and Hazel Poa – are also the Non-Constituency MPs in the current Parliament.
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