WP blocked from raising reserved PE2017 issue at next parliamentary sitting

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The Workers’ Party (WP) has been blocked from raising an adjournment motion regarding the upcoming Presidential election at the next Parliamentary sitting, which is to be held on Monday, the 11th of September.

The party’s chairman and Member of Parliament (MP) for Aljunied GRC, Sylvia Lim filed the adjournment motion titled “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong – policy decision or legal question?” on 28 August.

The motion was filed to debate parliament’s decision, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, to count from appointed President Wee Kim Wee instead of elected President Ong Teng Cheong to trigger a reserved election set aside for Malay candidates since there hasn’t been a Malay president for the last 5 consecutive terms.

If the Government had chosen to count from President Ong Teng Cheong, this next election would have been open to all races. Only the election after this would have been a reserved one, under new amendments to the Elected Presidency scheme that were instated this year.

WP explained in a statement on their Facebook page that MPs had chosen to debate People’s Action Party (PAP) MP Murali Pillai’s “Community Sentencing and Other Rehabilitative Options” over the PE2017 issue. Another ruling party MP, Vikram Nair, had also filed an adjournment motion on “The Future of National Service” that was part of a ballot yesterday:

“For the Parliamentary sitting on 11 Sep, Ms Sylvia Lim had on 28th August filed an adjournment motion “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election – Policy Decision or Legal Question”.
“On 30th August Parliament notified MPs that there were two other adjournment motions filed on 29th August, namely “Community Sentencing and Other Rehabilitative Options” by Mr Murali Pillai (Bukit Batok) and “The Future of National Service” by Mr Vikram Nair (Sembawang). MPs were further advised that the adjournment motions filed would be subject to ballot under Standing Order 2(8)(d).
“We wish to inform everyone that at the ballot conducted today, the topic by Mr Murali Pillai was picked. Accordingly, Ms Sylvia Lim would not be able to speak on her adjournment motion on 11th September.”

The Party’s motion to debate the issue in Parliament comes after veteran politician Dr Tan Cheng Bock’s failed legal challenge over the same issue. The High Court upheld Parliament’s decision to count from President Wee Kim Wee and said that the decision falls outside the remits of the court.

The presidential hopeful who had intended to contest this year’s election after losing PE2011 by 0.34% of votes appealed the High Court’s decision. A panel of five appellate judges at Singapore’s highest court of law, the Court of Appeal, also threw out his application after initially reserving judgment.

In his first statement after the final rejection of his application, Dr Tan had said:

“Some may say that my court application was a fool’s errand. But I do not see it that way. When MP Sylvia Lim asked the Government in Parliament why they chose to start the count of 5 presidential terms with President Wee Kim Wee (resulting in 2017 being a reserved election year), the Government challenged her to go to Court for an answer. That is wrong and I felt the need to respond. I firmly believe the Government should have answered in Parliament instead of challenging a Parliamentarian to go to Court.”

When Sylvia Lim filed the motion to debate the issue once again last month, the Party said:

“In the wake of intense public discussion after the parliamentary debates and a court case on the reserved presidential election, the Workers’ Party believes it is in the public interest for the Government to clarify this issue surrounding the election of our Head of State.”

 

41 COMMENTS

  1. When PAP list badly in the election LHL told his cronies to listen to the people go to the ground have transparency why be so arrogance, just reply, ownself check ownself should use our votes to show them there is a lot of people unhappy abt this government.

  2. He has no balls to let TCB to be the next President. One person rule the country, no one can challenge him,most of his kakia are selfish to protect their own interests instead of the people, I hope karma come soon and haunt these selfish people..

  3. Just ask in parliament sitting how much the two fund management made for this past ten years and the will the government let the public know the investment lost and how government recovering it back. And demand the auditioning of the two government holding the manage our national wealth. If refuse than point finger of a cover up

  4. YOU CAN SEE HOW SHIT IS THE ROTTON PAP!!

    https://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/2-mps-file-questions-compete-wps-elected-presidency-qns-so-coincidence#.WbDDMDJemwo.facebook

    QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED IN PARLIAMENT IS BASED ON “BALLOTING” BY THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT
    AND NOT BASED ON THE” RELEVANCY” AND “TIMING OF ISSUES”??

    WP HAD POSTED ON FB THAT THEY WOULD WANT TO RAISE THE Q ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, WHICH THE SAID ELECTION IS SLATED TO BE HELD ON 28.9.17.

    THE NEXT DAY, 2 CRONY PAP MP – MURALI AND VIKRAM ALSO INDICATED THEY WANTED TO RAISE OTHER Q SUCH AS COMMUNITY ISSUES IN PARLIAMENT TOO.

    SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ROTTON PARLIAMENT INFORMED THAT WP’S Q WAS “NOT” BALLOTED!!

    HIGHLY DOUBTFUL ROTTON PAP PARLIAMENT
    =======================================
    FIRST, “WHO” ACTUALLY DID THE “BALLOTING” OF THE Q IN THE FIRST PLACE?

    THE SHIT WOMAN, HALIMAH YACOOB, HAD ALREADY STEPPED DOWN AS SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT, AWAITING FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

    THE INTERIM PERSON TO FILL THE VACCUM IS ANOTHER PAP CRONY MP, CHARLES CHONG, WHO JUST HAD A MAJOR LIVER OR LUNG OPERATION.

    YESTERDAY (6.9.17), ROTTON LEADER LHL RESHUFFLED TO PUT A COMMUNITY MINISTER, TAN CHUAN JIN, TO BECOME SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT.

    SECONDLY, THEN “WHO” ACTUALLY “WITNESSED” THE BALLOTING WHEN IT WAS CARRIED OUT?

    DID THE OPPO WITNESS IT WITH THEIR OWN EYES?

    WHERE IS THE TRANSPARENCY?

    OR IS IT A “MERE SELECTIVE” OF Q TO BE “PICKED” AND “NOT” THRU BALLOTING INSTEAD BY THE SHIT PAP THEMSELVES!!

    FROM THIS, IT SHOWS ROTTON PAP IS “ABSOLUTELY” NOT TRANSPARENT AT ALL. THEY ARE SO SHIT, SO DIRTY AND
    SO SMELLY.

    PLS READ THIS LINK

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10207933567337275&id=1839725545

    LAST YEAR, I SAW A VIDEO WHICH FILMED THIS CRONY MP VIKRAM WAS HOLDING A MEETING WITH HIS CONSTITUENCY RESIDENTS AT A COMMUNITY CENTRE.

    AND AN ELDERLY WOMEN STOOD UP AND SPOKE ABOUT HER CPF MONIES. SHE WAS VERY UNHAPPY WITH CPFB AND WANTED THE CPFB TO RETURN ALL HER CPF MONIES TO HER. SHE EVEN CRIED IN FRONT OF THE CRONY MP VIKRAM.

    THE CRONY MP VIKRAM WAS SO HELPLESS AND I ONLY SAW HIM WAVING HIS TWO HANDS UP AND DOWN AND KEPT TELLING THE ELDERLY WOMAN TO SIT DOWN AND STOP TALKING.

    I DOUBT THIS CRONY MP OFFERED ANY SOLUTIONS TO HER AT ALL. JUST LOOK AT HIS REACTIONS TOWARDS THE ANGRY AND UNHAPPY ELDERLY WOMAN ALREADY CAN TELL HOW USELESS HE IS.

    JUDGING FROM. THIS. CRONY’S LOOK AND REACTIONS SHOWED “HOW EMBARRASSING SINGAPORE HAS SUCH A TRUSTEE BOARD LIKE CPFB”.

    SUBSEQUENT PARLIAMENT SITTING, I DIDN’T SEE THIS CRONY MP VIKRAM RAISE ANY CPF ISSUE AT ALL. HE JUST SAT QUIETLY THRU OUT THE PARLIAMENT DEBATE. IN FACT, I HARDLY SEE HIM SPEAK AT ALL. A “SHOW CASING” MP.

    SIMILARLY, FOR MY MP FOR MARINE PARADE GRC, SEAH KIAN PENG, NTUC FAIRPRICE CEO, TOO WHICH I HAD SAW HIM TWICE ABOUT MY DECEASED BROTHER’S CPF ISSUE TOO. HE ALSO NEVER RAISE CITIZENS’ CONCERN ABOUT CPF ISSUES IN PARLIAMENT AT ALL.

    AS FOR THIS NEWLY ELECTED MP AT BUKIT BATOK THRU BY ELECTION, MURALI, WHO NOW TRIES TO “ACT AND TO CURRY FAVOUR” IN THIS SHOW, IS A CLEARLY A CRONY MP. HE CAN BE
    AN ACTOR.

    DO ALL THESE CRONY MINISTERS AND MP DULY ELECTED BY CITIZENS TRULY CARE TO SPEAK UP FOR YOU?? NOT AT ALL.

    INDEED, THE ROTTON PAP GOVT IS “TRULY NOT A GOOD AND SINCERE GOVT” AT ALL.

  5. Thank you, ms lim and dr tan, on behalf of all true-blue singaporeans deprived of their natural right to question the government’s effort to ram down their throat a candidate the do not want. You will always be remembered.

  6. It’s a crime that Sylvia Lim’s motion on EP is blocked. The whole parliament scared of her that’s why dare not let her ask question about EP. They will be concerned by her, which they can’t handle.

  7. By blocking Ms Sylvia Lim’s motion on the Presidential Election, it is as good as blocking the peoples’ will. She did not simply walks into the parliament. Make no mistake, she was brought into parliament by the people of Singapore.

  8. Why the abused of power was not thrown out of parliament to the court for hearing. It goes to show wayang at its best showing and true to the statement of abused of power.

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