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Gan Thiam Poh to be named Speaker of Parliament

Gan Thiam Poh to be named Speaker of Parliament

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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.