Appoint ministers from outside of Parliament

If we change the constitution to require the prime minister and ministers to be appointed outside of Parliament, it will achieve a significant impact.

Here are the benefits:

a) It will become clear that Parliament, comprising of the elected MPs, is the supreme body and that the cabinet has to work under the overall direction of Parliament.

b) It will remove the conflict of interest when the ministers are both MPs and running the government and will prevent the ministers from playing a dominant role in Parliament.

c) It will lead to better accountability and transparency of the government, as the actions of the government can be scrutinized by Parliament.

d) It allows Parliament to select ministers from a wider choice of the population, and not restricted to the elected MPs. This will include many capable people with proven experience and leadership in business, social organizations and public service, including retirees.

e) If a minister is appointed from among the elected MP, he should step down as the MP and be allowed to nominate a successor to take over the duties of the MP. The moninee needs to be approved by Parliament.

f) It will lead to a better quality of MPs who can serve full time and spend more time in understanding and debating on issues and government policies.

g) In practice, the party or coalition who command the majority of the seats in Parliament will put up their slate of ministers. They could include their party leaders but could also include people who share their political views outside of the party.

This simple change to the constitution could have a significant impact and influence in the manner in which a country is governed. In a recent poll, a large majority (95%) voted in favor of this change.

I suggest that this change should be made.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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10 Responses to “Appoint ministers from outside of Parliament”

  • TruBlu:

    no point,tkl.
    APPOINT BY WHOM again?

    unless from WINNING OPPO MPs?

    look at NMP,one even said CPF IS NOT OUR MONEY?

    me says OPPO ALLAINCE WAY TO GO.

    Any other way be * EVERY WHICH THAT LOSE *???

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  • opposition dude:

    For me it’s just easier and faster to vote the monkeys out. A good parliament spring cleaning will definitely show these donkeys how powerful votes can be.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Mr. Tan your proposed system will not work, in fact, it would be worst than now.

    All those elected MPs will have nothing to do. As it is now Parliament is a place for a siesta.

    Those appointed ministers will be working for the Parliament and not for the people since they were not elected. The Indian masquerading as a Malay President is my living proof.

    There will be another layer of useless people paid by taxpayers. Isn’t the extra layer is the same as our current civil servants?

    As long as the elected politicians work for the country and its people and not greedy of power, wealth and fame, everything would be fine.

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  • najib durian selfie buddie:

    as Singapore was ready for an INDIAN malay milo president, Singapore is ready for a non Chinese prime minister.

    perhaps with a non Chinese prime minister, Singaporeans get to know finally how much temasick is paying current pap clown wife and investigate and expose if any all the hanky panky nepotism cronyism corruption in current clown pap.

    Singapore after all belongs to Singaporeans, not to any lee dynasty.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Who is going to change what?

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  • Aunty Neo:

    @TruBlu

    Well said.
    Too many kaki-nang already everywhere from Glc to govt agencies.

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  • Bapak:

    If you still don’t get it, it is not from Parliament or outside Parliament. IT IS PAP! No wonder you are not selected.

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  • vincent tan:

    TanKL ah..
    are you serious 95% polled to have
    selected non-party-affliclation ministers…??
    I sense a FakeNews makeup poll conducted.
    Hope you are joking..
    mr. Tan should you continue this muddy commentaries,
    it sure shave your credibility.
    wish I am wrong on my observation.
    regards

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  • georgia tong:

    PAP which dominate the current govt will not change anything to their disadvantage.

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  • ah seng:

    @TruBlu:
    May 27, 2019 at 7:13 pm (Quote)

    “no point,tkl.
    APPOINT BY WHOM again?

    unless from WINNING OPPO MPs?

    look at NMP,one even said CPF IS NOT OUR MONEY?

    me says OPPO ALLAINCE WAY TO GO.

    Any other way be * EVERY WHICH THAT LOSE *???”

    lim peh must agree with you.
    even Elected President can also appoint.

    indian suddenly becomes malay.

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