27 Jan '16, 9am

Everything you need to know about the key changes on S’pore’s political system in 60 seconds: https://t.co/vPCU0TUPsi

Everything you need to know about the key changes on S’pore’s political system in 60 seconds: https://t.co/vPCU0TUPsi

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gave a game-changing speech in Parliament today (Jan. 27), in which he talked about significant changes in the Non-Constituency MP (NCMP) scheme and deliberated on the qualifying criteria of the Elected Presidency (EP). 1. The NCMP scheme will increase from 9 to 12. The NCMP scheme was created by Founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1984 to ensure that there is a minimum of three opposition MPs – elected MPs plus NCMPs. NCMPs are opposition candidates who had the best results, but did not win their seats. PM Lee upped the number to 9 in 2009. From the next General Election on, there will be 12. 2. A NCMP has more power now. Besides the increase in numbers, the NCMP scheme will observe a change in voting rights. Before: NCMP is a second-class MP. NCMP can only file parliamentary questions, Move motions, and speak in all debates. NCMPs may n...

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