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Gan Thiam Poh to be named Speaker of Parliament

Posted on 15 December 2012

Speaker role is to help improve his spoken Engrish and is part of government’s skills upgrading effort.

Use it or lose it — speaking Engrish more often leads to better spoken Engrish.

Pasir Ris-Punggol PAP backbencher MP Gan Thiam Poh is slated to be the next Speaker of Parliament.

He is to take over Michael Palmer, the ex-PAP MP and Eurasian heartthrob, who sacked himself from the role this past week after he made public that he was porking another woman who is not his wife.

Gan is the current hot favourite to preside over the Speaker’s role because he is well-known for his poor Engrish skills.

He was chosen specifically for the job as this is part of his skills upgrading and the only way to improve his spoken Engrish.

He can either use it or lose it.

And this is part of the Singapore Government’s emphasis in recent years on the importance of staying relevant by improving one’s skills in the face of a volatile job market.

This is especially so for Gan, as the next general election is coming by 2016.

A government spokesperson, Tok Eng Lish said: “The Government advocates lifelong learning for the elderly and allowing this programme to be started in Parliament will show that we mean business and not just talking talking.”

However, nomination for the prestigious Speaker of Parliament role did not come easy with tough competition looming.

Lui Tuck Yew, the current Transport Minister who is always having a hard time communicating with the electorate, commuters and taxpayers as he finds himself frequently misunderstood or misquoted, was the second hot favourite for the job.

But no one actually believes Lui Tuck Yew’s communication skills can be fixed.

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  • Alex Har

    Maybe they intend to change the language us in Parliament to Mandarin!

  • fedora

    Can Parliamentarians speak Mandarin? Good Mandarin?
    Are they able to say what they mean and mean what they
    But the bigger issue really is are Parliamentarians actually
    able to communicate. To express themselves in a language
    which others can understand. Are they able to say something
    – anything – clearly and understandably? Can they speak
    logically? Make points that make sense?
    We have been getting one joker after another explaining
    what another has been mis-saying. And generally making
    matters and points more cloudy rather than clear. These
    guys have been giving the word ‘tongue-tied’ and the phrase
    ‘verbally inept’ new meanings. It’s frightening.

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