SINGAPORE: Workers’ Party secretary-general Pritam Singh will take on more duties and be accorded additional privileges in his role as the Leader of the Opposition, authorities said on Tuesday (Jul 28) in a statement laying out the details of the new post. He will also receive double the allowance of an elected Member of Parliament (MP).
Similar to other Westminster parliamentary systems, the formally designated Leader of the Opposition in Singapore will lead the opposition in presenting alternative views in parliamentary debates on policies, Bills and motions, said the Office of the Speaker of Parliament and Office of the Leader of the House in a joint statement.
He will also lead and organise the scrutiny of the Government’s positions and actions in Parliament, and be consulted on the appointment of opposition members to Select Committees, such as the Public Accounts Committee.
In addition to his parliamentary duties, Mr Singh may have to attend official state functions, and take part in visits and meetings alongside members of the Government and the public service.
To enable him to carry out his duties, Mr Singh will be given parliamentary privileges, a larger allowance and resources to hire extra staff.
In Parliament, the leader of the opposition will generally be given the right of first response among MPs and to ask the lead question to the ministers. He will also be given more time to speak, equivalent to political officeholders.