Speaking in Mandarin in Parliament yesterday (Jan 29), PAP MP for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah fired a political potshot at the Opposition Workers’ Party Low Thia Kiang’s criticism against the undemocratic Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme.
Below is the English translation of her speech here:
“Two days ago, Mr Low Thia Kiang said that NCMPs are like duckweed in a pond. Today, he actually raised a motion to bring one more duckweed into the Parliament. Oh wait, float into Parliament. I don’t understand what is his intentions.
If NCMP benefits only the PAP, then why does he want one more NCMP? Even if we (PAP) allow him to have one more NCMP as a political manouvere, his candidates betrayed his stance. Now Ms Lee Li Lian rejected the role and I understand her situation. However, the Workers’ Party should have done their due diligence and preparation and be expected to behave according to the country’s Constitution and serve the people. None of them should be allowed to reject the NCMP role. I am very disappointed the Workers’ Party did not choose their candidates wisely.”
You may view the video of the speech here.