Netizens have taken to social media to re-circulating the video of Leong Mun Wai once again being rebuked in Parliament.
In Parliament earlier in the month, Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) Leong Mun Wai tried to seek clarification on whether the defence ministry intends to look into further relaxation of eligibility criteria for the deferment of National Service.
However, while setting the context for his question, Mr Leong was interrupted by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, who said: “I answered the question quite adequately for the member; I suggest he does not make another speech.”
After being asked to get straight to the point, Mr Leong told the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jessica Tan that he would ask a second question, but continued to make a further point about the lack of deferments granted to sports and arts talents.
Dr Ng then interrupted him by saying that he “[did] not hear a clarification”.
“Mr Leong, I’m going to ask you one more time. Please ask your question otherwise please take your seat,” Ms Tan urged, adding that he seemed to be “making a lot of statements”.
The former then tried again to pose his question regarding the “fairness” of deferment laws but was shut down by Dr Ng who pointed out his question was “an utter mischaracterisation” of what he said earlier.
Some netizens on hardwarezone forum pages felt that Dr Ng was unnecessarily harsh, but others also said that Mr Leong needed to frame his questions better.
Here’s what they said: