First session of Singapore’s 12th Parliament set to begin tonight

Posted on 10 October 2011

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All eyes will be looking out for – not Yam Ah Mee tonight – but Singapore’s newly minted President Tony Tan Keng Yam, as he makes the opening speech at the inauguration of Singapore’s 12th Parliament.

Also newly elected as Speaker of Parliament, Michael Palmer will moderate the hopefully fiery debate between the Worker’s Party which holds 6 seats in parliament, and the ruling party.

The President will address the House, setting out the new government’s goals for the next five years at 8:30pm on Channel News Asia.

According to various PAP MPs interviewed by CNA, the parliament will probably not focus on the economic downturn and jobs. Instead, the cost of living seems to be the concern for most of their residents.

Six ruling party members from the Central Executive Committee (CEC) have also stepped down. They are Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Mr Goh Chok Tong, Mr Lim Boon Heng, Mr Wong Kan Seng, Mr George Yeo and Mrs Lim Hwee Hua.

Both Mr Goh and Mr Wong won their constituencies by record low margins while Mr Yeo and Mrs Lim lost their seats in Aljunied GRC to the Worker’s Party.

The CEC has also decided to confer upon Mr Lee and Mr Goh the title of Honorary Past Secretary-General, in recognition of their outstanding service and seminal contributions to the PAP and Singapore.

This makes Mr Goh a dual honorary title holder: Emeritus Senior Minister and Honorary Past Secretary-General.

The selection for new CEC members is expected to be completed by next month’s party convention.

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