The opening session of the 12th Parliament has drawn to a close.
Much publicity has been given to those who spoke. But apparently only about 70 MP’s spoke, which means about 20 are unaccounted for.
Guess who are the ones who didn’t speak?
A partial list:
1. Lee Kuan Yew
2. Goh Chok Tong
3. Wong Kan Seng
4. Raymond Lim
5. Mah Bow Tan
I wonder if these ex-ministers can adjust to being on the back bench again. To ask them to speak again as a mere MP instead of as a Minister; to ask them to raise “suggestions” people’s “concerns” and be rebutted by Ministers instead of doing the rebutting; to ask them to be tabling questions for Parliamentary answer, instead of vetting answers prepared for them by civil servants.
I think it is too much for these ex-Ministers to reconcile themselves to their “new” normal.
Will they ever speak again, I wonder?