PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?

As I understand, one of a Member of Parliament’s (MP) primary duties is to attend the sittings of the House whenever it is in session.

I am of the view that for an MP attending the Parliament is a crucial part of parliamentary democracy as they exercise the duties and responsibility of legislature in whole. As an individual, they are accountable to the constituency they represent and to the constituents or citizens that elected them in the first place.

Hence, from the recent Parliament Session on 9 January 2018 (see the screen grab below from MediaCorp Channel 8 News), I am highly disturbed to see the lack of presence of MPs during a Parliament session, unless of course, the MPs (including the political office holders including PM and his Cabinet) has other parliamentary or official commitments or constituency work or parliamentary functions to attend to.

Screen grab from MediaCorp Channel 8 News

It is commendable that DPM Tharman Shanmugaratnam is the only senior Cabinet Member present in that session (apart from Minister Grace Fu who was likely in attendance as the Leader of the House or in response to the Q & A session for that day pertaining to issues related to her ministerial portfolio).

The current MP Annual Allowance is S$192,500 as stated on the website of the Public Service Division (PSD) of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO): [ LINK ].

Perhaps it time for the Constitution to be amended to provide for deductions for non-attendance from the MP’s allowance as it is currently in place in Canada.

The Clerks of Parliament could take the attendance of the MPs in each sitting and published the record on Parliament website. I also believe through the use of a roster system and other controls, the respective Party Whips (be it PAP or WP) should be able to regulate the attendance of Members in the House, in Parliamentary Committees and in other Parliamentary functions.

As I understand, in India, the Constitution specifies that a Member of Parliament will lose his seat if he is absent from the House (without permission) for a continuous period of 60 days.

I believe it would be time for Parliament of Singapore to have LIVE Streaming of its proceedings. If cost is of concern then the parliamentary debates streaming on Youtube Live or other platforms. I am sure this would enhance the engagement of the younger electorate especially the millennials who are savvier with the new media.
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28 Responses to “PAP MPs can suka suka go AWOL from Parliament?”

  • guuru:

    Real Blood suckers. Want money but refuse to attend parliament meetings. So what th epoint of voting them in the coming GE. 70% wake UP!

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  • Samuel S:

    In the first place why this government allow this happen. In fact none should be absent unless they are on MC. Please note that parliament sessions are not 52 weeks in a year.

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  • what to do:

    What can the peasants do?

    His Royal highness, the Most Excellence, can do as he wishes to – he is a demi-god and control our lives and fate. He is beyond reproach and 90% of his daft subjects adore him. For without him, we will all be starving and homeless. Just go about your work (he will tell you how lucky you are to have work) and don’t bother what he or his jesters are up to.

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  • HarderTruths:

    You can’t be AWOL for missing something that does not exist.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Why don’t Parliament session held in a school class room since just a handful of MPs attending? Or maybe in one of the rooms in the Istana?

    It is a total waste of electricity for the lighting and air-con. After the session somebody has to vacuum the carpet and clean up the place.

    Just convert the Parliament House into some kind theater, concert hall or the like to generate some income.

    Better still just forget about Parliament, MPs can just debate by Whatapps or some other app. Convene Parliament session only when PM or any other Ministers or MP needs to clear any allegation of misuse or abuse of power.

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  • HighestPaidLeeches:

    Its like they are giving us citizens and the oppo reps the middle finger.
    Unbelievable.

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  • N.Jungne:

    These people can just sign to make up a QUORUM 1 or 2 mins later get toilet excuse. Go chuchi plug ka Geylang, who knows

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  • Harimau binte Loong:

    Stupid 70% Singaporeans asked for it!

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  • Bystander:

    More precise, why PM Lee so lenient towards his Cabinet PAP members to go
    AWOL as and when they like. So ashamed that Lee dun favour live Parliamentary sittings on TV, just imagine beaming across the whole world to show empty seats, showcasing Singapore’s Parliament a joke, with so many absentees. Why Lee can’t control his underlings?

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  • TheyLiveByTheirOwnRules:

    Maybe somewhere in the parliamentary rules n regulations legal documents, there is somewhere in small print that says ‘they can suka suka absent whenever they like cuz they wrote the blardy rules’!
    Who knows?
    If they can turn an indian to a malay, what else?
    Who gonna stop them?
    Everyone else got to follow the rule of law but they seem to live by their own rules!

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  • The Rot Started From The Top:

    A regime of indisciplined, cheaters and irresponsible politicians, from sky high salaries Ministers to MPs. How to expect these hooligans like politicians to bring the country forward??.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Singapore Parliament is a JOKE if NOT a FARCE…it is a gathering of supposedly White Horses calling themselves self-made Aristocrats with their Heads above the clouds and their feet in a Pot of Shit passing as a Pot of Gold at the end of a Rainbow created by a Bastard now DEAD!!!

    Until a Minimum of 1/3 Seats are in the hands of OPPOSITIONS it will remain a JOKE!!!

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  • MarBowling:

    Think except the office-bearers such as Ministers, SMOS, MOS and Parl Sec, the rest of those JLB MF LJ and CB PAPigs MPs are “FULL TIME” PART-TIMER, spending most of their Parliamentary time in their Cosy offices relating to their Impotent works as CEO, Chairman, VP, Director, etc of their respective organization and work place! The only PRIMARY concern and care these MF Buggers are INTERESTED are bottom-line and vested interest of their organization. Problems and concern brought up by Peasants and common folks to them are secondary. Like one of the MP in one of the GRC controlled by the PAPigs mentioned recently: she only bring up case relating to LAW. If no one from her constituency bring up any case relating to LAW, she can doze off in Parliamentary session all day LOONG! Big Nose Teo and 69.9% what do you think?

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  • I dun care abt sg:

    LET THE ROT INCREASE!

    I DUN GIVE A DAM ABOUT SINGAPORR ANY MORE for the following reasons :

    1. Most peasants are willing to accept living in self censorship and fear and many feel like living in a police state.

    2. The People Power never existed in sg. I am so ashamed of this situation that I am not proud to be a Singaporean.

    3. The people are so disappointing that I gave up on them.

    4. The Peasants live in a pressure cooker. Neighbors dun speak to one another BECAUSE fundentally they are UNHAPPY due to the stress. They thus feel it a tedious task to smile and talk to them without having to put up fake smiles . It’s so stressed and tiring already!

    In conclusion, I am seeking greener pastures because 52 years have past and singaporeans remain as DOMESTICATED as before, metaphorically speaking.

    It’s a HopELESS CASE! So hopeless and disappointing and DETESTABLE that I would be orgasmic if it collapse eventually. They truely deserve it.

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  • opposition dude:

    When PAP is in charge you can ponteng all the time and can claim you are serving your constituent’s residents.

    I’m surprised this screengrab was allowed on free to air. Someone from Mediacockanaden will definitely have to answer for this since it casts such a bad light on PAP.

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  • No Excuse for Absentism!:

    If the MP I voted into Parliament do not attend Parliament Sittings regularly, I will not vote for him/her anymore.

    My MP suppose to be ‘my ear and mouthpiece’ in Parliament, if he/she is not even there, how to represent me?

    If I voted in a dumb MP (who hardly make a contribution in Parliament), I will not vote for him/her a second time!

    Serving MPs must do their part or why must we vote for you!

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  • 69.9%:

    Our 69.9% brethens put them to awol!

    Our 69.9% brethens are to be blamed for the no-show in pariahment!

    Whatever it is……..we blame this group of apologists, worshippers, grasslooters, balls carriers, and not to mention mourners!

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  • Mr Speaker, pse enlighten us!:

    Can MPs suka suka absent themselves from Parliament Sitting?

    Can we deduct their allowances for not attending Parliament Sitting?

    Understand some simply show face, sign in and then go off almost immediately?

    As Speaker, do you monitor MPs’ attendance at Parliament Sitting?

    Can you make public the Attendance Sheet (time in/out) after each Parliament Sitting?

    Voters will want to vote out those who do not attend Parliament Sitting as their basic role is to rep us, the voters in Parliament!

    How to rep and speak on our behalf when there are not even there in the first place!

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  • 陈大婶:

    上面的地方,是电影院。

    NotMyProblem:
    Why don’t Parliament session held in a school class room since just a handful of MPs attending? Or maybe in one of the rooms in the Istana?

    It is a total waste of electricity for the lighting and air-con. After the session somebody has to vacuum the carpet and clean up the place.

    Just convert the Parliament House into some kind theater, concert hall or the like to generate some income.

    Better still just forget about Parliament, MPs can just debate by Whatapps or some other app. Convene Parliament session only when PM or any other Ministers or MP needs to clear any allegation of misuse or abuse of power.

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  • TMD Or TIMID?:

    Harimau binte Loong:
    Stupid 70% Singaporeans asked for it!

    Singapore will not change for another 50 years. I am looking for an escape out of Singapore. Just waiting for opportunity.

    The main reason is I detest singaporeans and i am a Singaporean.
    They are just too extremely timid. There can be no people power. China mainly has Chinese. They dun have people power. Is it genetically , Chinese people prefer authoritarian rule? Confucious Teachings ? Unquestioning Trust of authority and elders?

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  • LIONS:

    As the sessions are mainly occuppied by PAP MPs’ presentations,it shows to me a TOTAL DISRESPCT OF PAP MPs from other PAP MPs,ya?

    Only when important party leeders speak will these AWOL KING$ force themselves to attend?

    First World?
    Lol!

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  • The Rot Start From The Top:

    A MP who regularly absent from parliament sittings, is not an honest, not reliable and not citizens serving MP, should leave the party. In reality that kind of MPs are cheaters and are not discipline personalities. Some just sign their attendances and left after some moments later, some only join in towards the end of the session, and there are sign in, and use Parliament as their resting place. The Dishonourable Son do not bother them, and from this type of leadership, the are no different with a scamming set-up, cheating public money.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    陈大婶:
    上面的地方,是电影院。

    网络的兴起,在国会睡觉已不方便了
    不出席在家睡觉做个更甜美的白日梦
    梦見百万薪水嘻嘻哈哈到银行,几爽的喔

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  • Eric:

    Wow never give face to the Leader of the House. Many MPs either absented or left after attendance taken. Utter ill discipline in the highest body of the land. Very bad example to our young.

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  • PAP cons citizenry:

    Is the photo enclosed fake? If not every citizen must download for keep as sure evidence to show pap has conned the entire citizens of their sense of responsibility and dedication. They have no right to in Parliament when they show such disrespect for the Parliament and the nation and her citizens. This is what is going on in the dark when the cabinet is reluctant to have Parliamentary session broadcasted. The absence of PM shows his bad leadership. This is worst than the walkout of Barisan Socialist which lky has heavily capitalised and gained absolute control of power. At least BS has the guts to walk out openly to express their disgust and humilation. PAP dares not even broadcast their lack of responsibility to the citizenry, lack of dedication, and integrity to the citizenry and the world. Their absence is a clear sign and evidence of their disrespect of the Parliament and the citizenry and most seriously their irresponsible mentality and sort of conning the citizenry that they are worth the billions they are worthy. Just imagine when a CEO of a company calls a Board of Directors meeting and absent himself. Goh Chok Tong Please tell us what will happen to that CEO? ya where is Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and his successor whom he warmed the seat for in the photograph. The photo is not internationally shown in cyberspace. It represents shame to the nation and her citizens blindness to elect such a pack of shameless to govern over them.

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  • What the hell happen?:

    Was there a disaster claiming all those which should be occupying the empty Seats? Why wasn’t such news reported? If not what the hell has happen? This is worse than the walk out of the Barisan Socialis MPs. That was a boycott protesting the way the Parliament was run by the PAP. But this? Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong where are you yourself?Is this what you tell the citizenry to pay you millions like if not more than top paying CEO of MNC? Do tell us the citizens what will happen to the MNC CEO if he is absent from he has schelduled or called? the Board of Director Meeting. You are asking the citizens to have trust and faith in the 4th Pap generation? If you must be kidding or out of your mind.
    The empty Parliament session showed beyand any shred of doubt of PAP Ministers and MPs gross disrespect of the Parliament and Constitution? How mant time has this happened? PAP has the obligation to publish the entire records of attendance of Parliament sittings.Is that why PAP refuse to telecast the Parliament session? WP has the utmost responsibility to tell the nation how often this has happened? The absence of such a majority of mps and ministers clearly show the irresponsible work ethos of PAP members, the lack of integrity and honesty towards their sworn oath of office? They are not fit and in fact a humiliation of the entire citizenry to have their trust to elect such creeps into Parliament. Such mentality deserves zero tolerance just as zero tolerance uttered by these same guys towards corruption. Asking for the millions and not attending the rare Parliament session is tentative to robbing the citizens, isn’t it AG, CJ and ESM? The words of LKY other siblings and the grandchildren ring extremely deafening? Nepoticism plus extreme plpism results in concealment with opacity, extreme arrogance, self gratification and glorification. Time fellow citizens, to get rid of such parasitic worms and a thorough spring cleaning. Do u still have faith in these $10 chaitowkwei BIW to govern the nation? Every citizen should download the photo for keep and historic record before these shameless BIW forced TR emeritus to take it down. Thanks are due to the person expressing their disappointment and post the photo in the Facebook otherwise these worms are doing these cannot be seen by drawing their opaque screen. ESM go to whatever faith holy place you have betrayed and repent before it is too late or remains condemned forever. ORA should be ashamed of you.

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  • Solution:

    Here a simple solution: Inform all PAP MP of discussion regarding reducing their salaries to 50%.
    I guarantee all present PAP MP will be full seated in the parliament.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Lord Bates in UK’s Parliament offered his resignation because he was late and was unable to answer questions from the House!!

    Any PAP’s Minister and MP can match that??

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