Title

Changing System not the Answer

Publication Type

News Article

Publication Date

3-2013

Abstract

SMU Assistant Professor of Law Jack Lee responded to Dr Ker Sin Tze’s proposal ("Picking out the winners in electoral systems", The Straits Times, 23 March 2013) to alter the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) scheme. Assistant Prof Lee said that increasing the potential pool of MPs by 10 will not really help to address the issue, because the true challenge that all political parties face is finding suitable people to stand for election in the first place. He said that it was rather difficult to see what the proposal adds to the existing NCMP and NMP schemes, suspecting that people would see it as merely introducing token alternative voices in Parliament with no real clout. He also said that it was inaccurate to term the NCMP scheme "inactive" until Parliament revised it in 2010. He added that it was already possible under the present constitutional system for any MP, including an NCMP and an NMP, to be appointed a minister, or even prime minister if that individual commands the confidence of a majority of the MPs.

Keywords

Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), Non-constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP), Parliament, proportional representation, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Election Law | Law and Politics

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Straits Times

First Page

A28

ISSN

1692-9344

Publisher

Singapore Press holdings

Additional URL

http://smu.edu.sg/sites/default/files/smu/news_room/smu_in_the_news/2013/sources/mar27/st_20130327_1.pdf

Comments

Letter published in The Straits Times on 27 March 2013.

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