Tan Chuan-Jin Is Elected As New Parliament Speaker In Yet Another Walkover
While most Singaporeans were focused on the Mdm Halimah’s walkover in the reserved presidential election, there was a walkover for another public office which slid under the radar.
In a parliamentary sitting on 11 Sept, ex-Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin was elected as the new Speaker of Parliament via a walkover as no other candidates were proposed.
Although there were no objections from the floor, it seems that there was at least one person did not approve of the appointment.
No need to kee chiu to vote
The election began with the Clerk of Parliament Ms Ng Sheau Jiuan announcing that the position of Speaker of Parliament had been vacated by soon to be President, Madam Halimah Yacob.
Following this, Leader of the House, Ms Grace Fu proceeded to propose that Mr Tan be named the new Speaker of Parliament. She was seconded by Mr Seah Kian Peng, Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC.
It took a grand total of – wait for it – 12 seconds between the end of Mr Seah’s proposal and the end of Ms Ng’s announcement for Mr Tan to be successfully elected into his new role.
If you need video evidence, skip to 0:50 and count yourself.
As Members of Parliament slapped their chairs in approval of the appointment, one individual seemed entirely disinterested in welcoming the new Speaker.
Clearly not impressed
Workers’ Party’s Mr Low Thia Kiang was notably stoic in comparison to his colleagues in the Parliament, and refused to applaud as the new Speaker walked over to his new seat.
Well, even if he did object to the appointment of Mr Tan as speaker, he would definitely be outvoted by the vast majority of PAP members.
Soon my friends… soon
Mr Low’s reaction says it all on what it means to be an opposition member in the incumbent government: powerless to do anything but watch.
Only time will tell if Mr Low will gain a few more non-clapping comrades after the next General Elections.
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