Leader of the Opposition - a double-edged sword

Conferring the title marks a significant development in politics. But Mr Pritam Singh needs access to information and resources to perform the job well.

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In the early hours of July 11, after Polling Day, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that Workers' Party (WP) secretary-general Pritam Singh would be formally appointed as the Leader of the Opposition and be granted "appropriate staff support and resources to carry out his duties".

This came after the People's Action Party (PAP) swept 83 of 93 seats with 61.2 per cent of the vote - 8.7 percentage points lower than in the 2015 General Election.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2020, with the headline Leader of the Opposition - a double-edged sword. Subscribe