MPs reject greater security at sessions with residents

File photo showing people waiting outside a venue of a Meet-the-People Session in Tanjong Pagar.
File photo showing people waiting outside a venue of a Meet-the-People Session in Tanjong Pagar.PHOTO: ST FILE

Despite the potential for getting hurt, they prefer to remain accessible to their residents

Drunk residents, demand-laden e-mails and raised voices at Meet-the-People Sessions - these are par for the course in the life of an elected official, while outright physical assaults, like the one on Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng last week, are much rarer.

Despite the potential for getting hurt, however, 15 MPs told The Sunday Times they had felt it unnecessary to have increased security around them, like a bodyguard.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'MPs reject greater security at sessions with residents'. Print Edition | Subscribe