3 MEMORABLE EXCHANGES

3 memorable exchanges during Budget debate

(clockwise from top left) Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera, MP Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC), MP Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC), MP Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC), Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Educa
(clockwise from top left) Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera, MP Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC), MP Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC), MP Lee Bee Wah (Nee Soon GRC), Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary.PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO, LIANHE ZAOBAO, ONG WEE JIN, GOV.SG/YOUTUBE, SEAH KWANG PENG, GOV.SG/YOUTUBE
Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera (left) and Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary had an exchange over allowing non-PAP MPs to attend events in schools.
Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera and Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary (above) had an exchange over allowing non-PAP MPs to attend events in schools.
Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera (left) and Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary had an exchange over allowing non-PAP MPs to attend events in schools.
Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera (above) and Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary had an exchange over allowing non-PAP MPs to attend events in schools.

The Budget debate was an opportunity for MPs to engage frontbenchers and one another on issues of concern. Below are excerpts of three memorable exchanges.


Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera (left) and Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary had an exchange over allowing non-PAP MPs to attend events in schools. PHOTOS: LIANHE WANBAO, GOV.SG/YOUTUBE

Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera: Government office-holders and grassroots advisers can go into Ministry of Education (MOE) schools to officiate at events, hold dialogues on national issues and interact with students. But MPs in their MP capacity cannot. What I am arguing for is that we should balance up the exposure. Students should be able to hear first-hand the perspectives of duly elected non-PAP MPs on the issues of the day. Exposing students to only one set of views from speakers in schools is unhealthy for the development of their critical faculties and their ability to see both sides of an issue.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 11, 2018, with the headline ' Allow non-PAP MPs at school events?'. Print Edition | Subscribe