More time needed for issues to be raised in the House

As Singapore finds itself in an ever-changing and more complex environment, it is inevitable that more issues will need to be aired in Parliament.

However, it seems that there has been insufficient time for such discussions, so much so that balloting has become a common practice.

It is notable that several MPs, both from the People's Action Party and the Workers' Party, have not had an opportunity to raise their issues, even on a second asking (WP's EP motion not picked in ballot again; Sept 27).

One can assume that the issues they wish to bring up are of some importance. This raises the question of whether the airing of such issues should be left to a lottery.

Currently, Parliament meets on one to two days a month.

Perhaps this can be extended to more days.

To move business along expeditiously, MPs can be reminded to make their speeches succinct.

Where there is any excessiveness, adroit time management and a friendly admonishment by the Speaker of Parliament ought to be sufficient in getting things back on schedule.

Daniel Ng Peng Keat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2017, with the headline 'More time needed for issues to be raised in the House'. Print Edition | Subscribe