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House debates MPs' leeway to debate

While WP chairman accepts she might have been wrong, she sees no reason to apologise

A debate over a debate broke out in Parliament yesterday, as Workers' Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim explained a comment she made last week when she sparred with Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat over a tax hike.

Palpable anticipation reigned for 22 minutes, as it was not clear where things were headed. Would Ms Lim retract her words and apologise, as was demanded of her? And if she would not, how hard was the Government prepared to push her?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'House debates MPs' leeway to debate'. Print Edition | Subscribe