Workers’ Party accepts PM Lee’s offer to lim kopi

Because that’s how democracy works


SINGAPORE – The Workers’ Party is concerned with “allegations of abuse of power and the harm these have caused to confidence in Singapore and our political institutions.”

The Workers' Party believes the crux of the family issues surrounding 38 Oxley Road is for the family to resolve…

The Workers' Party 发布于 2017年6月20日

7 members from the opposition party will field questions to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They are, Pritam Singh, Sylvia Lim, Png Eng Huat, Chen Show Mao and Leon Perera. In addition, Daniel Goh will be asking Grace Fu, the Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth.

Here are the questions each of the members are going to asked:

Pritam Singh: To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government would consent to a resolution to convene a Special Select Committee of Parliament, comprising Members from all parties, with public hearings that are broadcast live to look into allegations of abuse of power by the Prime Minister made by members of his family so as to allow his accusers to present all the relevant evidence to Parliament

Sylvia Lim: To ask the Prime Minister (a) what rules are in place to ensure that Ministers and senior public office-holders with personal or pecuniary interests in the subject-matter of government decisions do not influence or participate in the related deliberations and decision-making, and how are the rules enforced; (b) as regards government opinions or decisions relating to the estate and assets of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, what conflicts or potential conflicts of interest did the government identify to exist from among the members of the Cabinet and with regard to the Attorney-General; (c) how these conflicts or potential conflicts of interest were or are being managed

Png Eng Huat: To ask the Prime Minister (a) what clear rules and directives are in place to prevent Ministers and other political appointees from abusing their positions to access, influence and direct senior civil servants on matters beyond their professional course of work; and (b) how often are these rules and directives communicated to the senior civil servants and in what form

Chen Show Mao: To ask the Prime Minister what mechanisms are in place to prevent, limit, detect, and address situations where ministers or other political appointees use state organs to obtain information not related to the performance of their duties, advance personal interests or punish detractors, critics, or political opponents. To also ask the Prime Minister when should a minister or political appointee go to court to defend his or her reputation and when should he or she refrain from private litigation and seek instead to address such allegations publicly, such as in Parliament

Leon Perera: To ask the Prime Minister (a) under what circumstances Ministerial committees whose existence is not made public are convened to address issues; (b) how many of such committees exist and can their terms of reference and composition be publicly announced unless forbidden by national security concerns: (c) in the case of the Ministerial committee reviewing the fate of No 38 Oxley Road, will independent heritage experts and processes for public opinion sensing be engaged by the committee

Daniel Goh 吴佩松: To ask the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (a) whether Deeds of Gifts executed with the National Heritage Board may be shared with third persons, and if so, under what circumstances they may be shared, (b) whether the Deed of Gift of items from 38 Oxley Road was protected by a confidentiality clause, and if so, why did the Board release the Deed to the Prime Minister

The Party Whip will be lifted when Parliament sits on July 3 to allow all members of the Government to field queries to the Prime Minister, relating to the ongoing family tussle between the late Lee Kuan Yew’s siblings.

Now that’s democracy.


A Party whip (the “Whip”) is the name given to a political party member whose responsibilities include ensuring party discipline in a legislature. They are in a sense, the party’s “enforcers”. The Whips also ensure that there are always sufficient party members in the Chamber to support the party’s position and that MPs vote according to the party’s line. Occasionally, the whip may be lifted (“lift the whip”) to allow MPs (both incumbent and opposition) to vote according to their conscience.

The present Government Whip is Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister office. He is assisted by two Deputy Government Whips, Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth & Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Mr Sam Tan, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Manpower & Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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