The Workers’ Party just can’t seem to get a break when it comes debating the issue of this year’s elected presidency in parliament.
The party’s motion has been blocked a 2nd time, after a PAP-led parliament voted to discuss the “Preserving Green Space and Heritage in Jalan Kayu Constituency” motion filed by PAP MP Dr Intan Azura.
The first time the WP tried filing the motion “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election – Policy Decision or Legal Question”, it hit a roadblock after parliamentarians voted to discuss a “Community Sentencing” motion filed by Bukit Batok MP Murali Pillai.
Said the WP in a statement today:
“Parliament received a total of three bids at the close of the deadline for adjournment motions for the sitting on Monday 2 October.
At the ballot today conducted by Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin and witnessed by WP MP Sylvia Lim, the adjournment motion filed by Dr Intan Azura on the topic: “Preserving Green Space and Heritage in Jalan Kayu Constituency” was chosen for the sitting on Monday 2 October.
Should there be a sitting on Tuesday 3 October, Ms Sylvia Lim’s topic : “Counting from President Wee Kim Wee or President Ong Teng Cheong for Reserved Presidential Election – Policy Decision or Legal Question?” may be subject to ballot again at the end of the sitting on Monday 2 October.
Currently, the other bid is by MP Vikram Nair on ‘The Future of National Service’.”
It wants to question under what circumstances can the government decide on the count.
This, after the controversial decision to count appointed president Wee Kim Wee as Singapore’s first elected president, instead of Singapore’s first elected president Ong Ten Cheong.
That decision by the government triggered a reserved election this year which saw PAP-endorsed candidate Halimah Yacob appointed in a walkover win after her 2 potential opponents were barred from contesting.