Voices Of Youth

Impractical to have 2 Houses of Parliament

Some have recently called for the establishment of an Upper and Lower House in Singapore ("Time for two Houses of Parliament?"; Dec 1).

Historically, proponents of bicameralism argue for the necessary juxtaposition of the "wiser and wealthier" upper class and the "common man". This concept is outdated and largely incompatible with modern ideologies.

As much as society desires more alternative and diverse views in Parliament, once a representative possesses the tendency to be biased towards a particular interest group, the legislative institution loses its ability to be practical.

A minister must, first and foremost, be democratically elected, because it is through the electorate that he derives his mandate.

The installation of an individual in the Upper House and then appointing him to political office deprives him of his political legitimacy, while preventing the electorate from determining its leaders.

Including the Council of Presidential Advisers into the legislature will also undermine the non-partisanship of the institution.

Singapore is a small nation. Singaporeans want a strong government to guarantee the nation's sustained prosperity.

The inception of an Upper House will bring about unnecessary complexity in an otherwise efficient Parliament.

There are no compelling reasons to make such an unprecedented deviation now.

Don Ho Jia Hao, 18, awaiting A-level results