Forum: Give government parliamentary committees more teeth

The Parliament House.
The Parliament House.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) system was set up in 1987. Each GPC comprises People's Action Party MPs who scrutinise the policies of a specific ministry.

However, after the 1991 election, the standing of the GPCs appears to have dropped.

I call on the Government to grant GPCs more teeth and allow opposition MPs, Non-Constituency MPs and Nominated MPs the chance to sit in different GPCs and lend different perspectives to government policies.

K. Sabesan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2020, with the headline 'Give government parliamentary committees more teeth'. Print Edition | Subscribe