Lee Kuan Yew ensures all MPs in attendance for full-house Parliament, a first in a long time

Posted on 26 March 2015

Parliament has long been plagued by absenteeism.


Having long been plagued by widespread absenteeism as attendance dwindled or was marred by complete no-shows, all Members of Parliament from the incumbent and opposition parties were brought together to sit in the chambers for the first time in a long time on March 26, 2015.

This after a special parliamentary sitting was assembled in honour of Lee Kuan Yew, whose conspicuous absence was the reason the other MPs were there in attendance together to pay tribute to Singapore’s first prime minister.

Lee’s passing on March 23 surprised both government and critics as there has been an outpouring of national grief on an unprecedented scale.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who saw the footage of a full-house parliament, said they were deeply impressed by Lee Kuan Yew’s ability to rally all the MPs together, if not by his presence, then by his absence.

One Singaporean, Pong Tang, who is also a regular taxpayer, said: “Attendance in Parliament has long been marred by widespread absenteeism, but I never had a doubt it would take Lee Kuan Yew himself to bring everybody together.”

“We might have thought he failed to ensure everybody attended parliament when he was alive. But he proved us all wrong again.”

“He still managed to do it in death.”


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