Nothing wrong with amending Constitution, says minister

Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung.
Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung. PHOTO: ST FILE

Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung yesterday dismissed the Workers' Party (WP) suggestion that amendments to the elected presidency are the Government's bid to fix what is ultimately a flawed institution.

There is nothing wrong with amending the Constitution from time to time, he said.

Here is what he said:

"At the beginning of this debate, Ms Sylvia Lim said this is a nightmare that came back to haunt us. Indeed, it is never a perfect system and it has to be improved over time.

"This is really what building an institution is about. You never get it right the first time and you have to keep on improving, and as the WP proposed a senate, likewise the details will be hazy and it will be an idea that you have to keep on improving...

 

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"There is nothing wrong with the Government coming back and amending the Constitution from time to time to improve this institution. As Mr Lee Kuan Yew said - it is (like an) old pair of shoes, you don't throw it away at the first blister, wear it a bit more, season a bit more, it will be more comfortable.

"Better than to buy a more complicated shoe that will give you all kinds of problems."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2016, with the headline 'Nothing wrong with amending Constitution, says minister'. Print Edition | Subscribe