Parliament: No live telecast because … hahaha?


I refer to the article “Nine reasons why the Parliament refuses to stream its session live for public consumption” (theonlinecitizen, Mar 9).

I would like to applaud Terry Xu, editor of theonlinecitizen for this excellent treatise with examples of what actually transpired in Parliament.

In this connection, I would like to cite some more examples:

“Budget: Price increase (na), cost increase (na), but rebates ($71m)?” (Feb 20, 2017)

“Parliament: Hong Kong’s hospital beds ratio double S’pore’s?” (Jan 27, 2016)

“Leong Sze Hian: What are Roy Ngerng’s Questions about the CPF?” (Jun 26, 2015)

“Parliament: More replies that don’t answer the question?” (Nov 22, 2014)

“Parliament: Reply that never answer the question on SingPost at all?” (Nov 5, 2014)

“0Parliamentary replies: Non sequitur?” (Nov 5, 2014)

“Funny joke about Parliamentary Questions on Speakers Corner?” (Oct 31, 2014)

“Parliament 2007: GIC does not invest CPF funds?” (Jul 23, 2014)

“Parliamentary quorum: 91 MPs dwindled to less than 22 MPs” (Jul 17, 2014)

“Parliament: CPF replies that throw upmore questions? (part 2)” (Jul 9, 2014)

“Parliament: CPF replies that throw up more questions? (part 1)” (Jul 8, 2014)

“Parliament is a “bloody” waste of time?” (May 27, 2014)

“Vesak Day questions for Parliament?” (May 13, 2014)

“17Mar1988: The most significant debate ever in our Parliamentary history?” (Apr 8, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 6)” (Mar 27, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 5)” (Mar 27, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 4)” (Mar 27, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 3)” (Mar 27, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 2)” (Mar 26, 2014)

“Parliament: Interesting replies not reported in the media? (part 1)” (Mar 26, 2014)

“Chan’s turn to avoid answering questions in Parliament” (Mar 26, 2014)

“Parliament: Replies that never answer the question?” (Mar 26, 2014)

“Strange replies in Parliamentary? (Part 5): 20% increased income beyond assistance criteria?” (Nov 15, 2013)

“Strange replies in Parliamentary? (Part 4): Employment pass drop?” (Nov 14, 2013)

“Strange replies in Parliamentary? (Part 3): HDB foreclosures?” (Nov 13, 2013)

“Strange replies in Parliamentary? (Part 2): 18 assistance schemes?” (Nov 12, 2013)

“Strange replies in Parliamentary? (Part 1): Hospital bills arrears?” (Nov 12, 2013)

“NCMP’s Parliamentary question on “hacking” not in Nov 11 Order Paper?” (Nov 9, 2013)

“Waive Parliamentary privilege: Remembering JBJ?” (Jul 12, 2013)

“Parliamentary reply on incomes: No “all workers”, “excluding employer CPF” data?” (Jul 9, 2013)

“Parliamentary debate: Haze, MDA – 9.5m masks meant for healthcare workers?” (Jul 8, 2013)

“The ‘great’ MDA Parliamentary debate: So what?” (Jul 7, 2013)

“Lina Chiam parliamentary question helps reveal Tote Board’s accumulated surpluses of $3.2 billion” (Jun 10, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 9) – Replies that don’t really answer the question?” (May 30, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 10) – Monkey see, monkey do?” (May 24, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 8) – its all about transparency?” (May 22, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 7) – Alas … Land cost of HDB flats?” (May 21, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 6) – AHPE vs HBP?” (May 20, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 5) – Holland-Bukit also 46% higher than Tampines?” (May 19, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: (Round 4) – Revisiting conflicts of interest?” (May 18, 2013)

“AIM debate in Parliament: MND vs WP (Round 3)?” (May 17, 2013)

“Is Mendaki TTFS fully funded by Govt?” (Jul 31, 2012)

“Transport Minister’s logic” (Aug 10, 2011)

… and many many more, over the years!

Uniquely Singapore!

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.