It's like ‘holding two full-time jobs’: How MPs cope with parliamentary duties - Channel NewsAsia
The gang at Nee Soon is anchored by Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, got carved into the GRC with the recent electoral boundaries art session. who normally have to walk through a canal under Lentor Avenue to get to a bus They even invited retired PAP MPs: Former Nee Soon Central MP Ong Ah. From no-pay leave, pay cuts to a perennial sleep deficiency, MPs tell us about the sacrifices they have to make. Singapore Parliament in session (File photo: TODAY) Meet-the-People Sessions and spending time with residents; and in . MP for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah considers herself fortunate. Mr K. Shanmugam Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law MP for Nee Soon GRC. Adviser to Nee Soon Town Council Meet the People Sessions.
Many of these residents tend to pour out their frustrations during my time with them. However, in order to address the root of the problem, I will then need to sieve out the main details of our chat and write a succinct letter to the relevant department s.
It's like ‘holding two full-time jobs’: How MPs cope with parliamentary duties
Our editorial team then edits the letter before sending it out to the relevant Ministries, authorities or organizations. I have met several interesting residents who tend to remember my name or how I look like. Most are thankful for this avenue of assistance.
This session are also an opportunity for residents to have a conversation with Minister Shanmugam. An interesting case that I recall was with a resident who travelled down all the way from Pasir Ris.PAP press conference to introduce new candidates for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC (Part 2)
Her main concern was about animal rights and she was quite determined to meet Minister K Shanmugam who is also the Minister for Law. Our team managed to assist her further after her meeting with Minister Shanmugam and I recall her leaving our branch with a smile.
I have once helped a resident who was a divorcee and was on the verge of being homeless with her 3 children. I remember seeing her leave the branch with much anticipation on the outcome of her appeals.
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I bumped into her again at Chong Pang Market several week after. I have forgotten how she looked like but it was nice that she still recalled me. She gave me a big hug and told me that she has received the appropriate assistance and that she was able to cope with her financial responsibilities a much better. Even though MPS often stretches to 11pm, the feeling of seeing a dejected resident smile is priceless.
The letter of the law as set out in the Constitution of Singapore is clear: Channel NewsAsia tabulated the numbers from Jan to Marand found that Parliament sat for an average of While there was no discernible increase in the number of days Parliament has sat, the total length of time in terms of hours has gone up. Election years such asand saw shorter hours due to the dissolution of Parliament, which precedes each General Election. Parliament also sometimes takes a mid-term break lasting about a month, known as a prorogue, before beginning its second session.
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Sittings have also tended to be longer this year. Over the odd years of data examined, there were 10 days that saw sittings that lasted nine hours or longer. Six of those 10 days happened this year. Sittings are also typically longer during the yearly Budget and Committee of Supply debates, which is the extended period of parliamentary debate that follows the Budget speech early in the year.
During this period, Parliament will sit for about ten days to debate the speech, and for each ministry to later present its expenditure plans for the new financial year.
And five of them occurred this year: A round-up speech delivered by Leader of the House Grace Fu in Parliament highlighted that MPs had filed a total of cuts, which lasted 3, minutes or about 52 hours, during this year's Committee of Supply debates.
For instance, a bill on what constitutes contempt of court was passed in Parliament on Aug 15, But having Parliament sit for longer may not be a bad thing. For one, as Mr Zaqy explained, the longer sittings could be a result of more robust debate in the House.