New MPs and NCMPs get briefing and tour of Parliament House

The Parliament House.
The Parliament House.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - From how to file questions, and when they can speak in the House, some 20 new Members of Parliament were given a crash course Monday on what they can expect when Parliament reopens in January.

The two-hour briefing for the new batch of MPs and Non-Constituency MPs (NCMPs) was hosted by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob and Deputy Speakers Seah Kian Peng and Charles Chong on Monday.

Madam Halimah said the newcomers were given an orientation as "many have never even stepped into Parliament before", and were also briefed on Parliamentary procedures and processes.

This briefing is held for new MPs at the start of each term of Government. This time round, about 21 of the 92 MPs and NCMPs are new faces.

On Monday, the group were brought on a tour of Parliament House and were introduced to the various heads of department of the Parliament Secretariat, which assists Parliament in its work.

They also met Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu, who is the new Leader of the House.

The briefing was followed by a luncheon, of which Mr Seah posted a wefie on his Facebook page.

"I was early for the lunch so, next best thing is to take a wefie with some of the very reliable and competent Parliamentary staff...as we await for the group's arrival," he wrote.

The 13th Parliament of Singapore reopens in January, with the exact date to be announced later.