PARLIAMENT

Sylvia Lim to speak on reserved election timing

Ms Sylvia Lim's motion was picked in a ballot yesterday after her earlier failed bids to raise the issue.
Ms Sylvia Lim's motion was picked in a ballot yesterday after her earlier failed bids to raise the issue.

Workers' Party MP Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC) will speak on the reserved presidential election when the House sits today, after her motion was picked in a ballot.

Yesterday's ballot was done by Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and witnessed by Ms Lim.

Her motion, "Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election - Policy Decision or Legal Question", has to do with the timing of the reserved election.

Ms Lim had filed her motion twice, and her earlier failed attempts to raise the issue had led to some people accusing other MPs of filing motions just to block her.

At each Parliament sitting, there is one slot for an adjournment motion, which allows an MP to speak for 20 minutes on a topic.

Mr Vikram Nair (Sembawang GRC), who was among MPs competing for the slot, said the accusations were "absurd". He said he, too, had to re-file his motion on national service several times since July, as it was not picked.

Mr Tan said Mr Nair's motion "would have to be deferred again for the fourth time". Adding that there were other ways for MPs to raise issues, such as the Private Member's Motion, he said: "Do make full use of these opportunities."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 03, 2017, with the headline 'Sylvia Lim to speak on reserved election timing'. Print Edition | Subscribe