The Straits Times
Published on Dec 14, 2012

Part-time MPs: It's about time management


PEOPLE will support MPs who have the time to serve their constituents ("Time for full-time MPs?" by Mr Goh Kian Huat; Thursday).

Nothing is more discomfiting than having an MP who is not available most of the time because he is preoccupied with businesses here or abroad.

There is nothing wrong for MPs to have a full-time job apart from being involved in constituency work if they can manage their time well.

As there is no guarantee that MPs will be elected again on completion of the five-year term, it is only logical for them to fall back on their existing jobs.

However, it is good to have a limit to the number of directorships MPs can hold as being overly involved in business may adversely affect an MP's responsibility as the elected representative of a ward.

Hence, good time management is of the essence to an MP's ability to serve the ground.

Jeffrey Law