PAP forms 12 GPCs for 13th Parliament of Singapore

PAP forms 12 GPCs for 13th Parliament of Singapore

Of the 12 Government Parliamentary Committees (GPCs), two separate GPCs were formed for the Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) instead of a combined one in the past.

SINGAPORE: Twelve Government Parliamentary Committees (GPC) have been formed for the 13th Parliament of Singapore, announced the People's Action Party (PAP) on Friday (Nov 13), up from 11 for the previous Parliament.

Two separate GPCs were formed for the Ministry of National Development (MND) and the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) instead of a combined one in the past.

Among those appointed are three new MPs - Sembawang MP Amrin Amin, Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Sun Xueling and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Chong Kee Hiong.

Mr Amrin will be deputy chair of the GPC for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Ms Sun will help helm the GPC for Communications and Information, while Mr Chong will be the deputy chair of the GPC for National Development.

"We need to carve out a good international space for us as a small state. So far, we have done very well as a small state, In fact, many have commented that we have punched well above our weight," said Mr Amin. "As a member of the GPC, I'm keen to ensure that we keep on having policies that enable us to maintain this very good position."

Another new face, MP for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC Saktiandi Supaat, sits on three GPCs, including the Finance and Trade and Industry GPC. He said he will pay particular attention to issues concerning small- and medium-sized enterprises.

For instance, he plans to look at "how SMEs can be enhanced in terms of business conditions because they play a big role in terms of increasing productivity, increasing economic trajectory of the economy, either locally or also externally."

"They also constitute a huge component of employment in Singapore," he noted.

MP for Potong Pasir Sitoh Yih Pin is among the newly-appointed chairpersons for the GPCs. He will head the Transport GPC and he will be supported by his deputy, Mr Ang Hin Kee.

Transport has been a hot-button issue, with MRT disruptions making headlines in recent months. Mr Sitoh said that he looks forward to the challenge that comes with his new appointment, adding that he will be working closely with the Transport Ministry.

"The problems that we have now are not going to be resolved overnight. Apart from resources, what is also very critical and important is time," he said. "It will take time for the transport policies to take effect and it will also take time for improvements to take place. So, with that in mind, I hope the public can give us their cooperation, patience and feedback. And I'm very, very confident that over time, we will be able to see the fruits of everyone's labour."

Meanwhile, the Manpower GPC will be led by West Coast MP Patrick Tay, who is also assistant secretary-general of the labour union. Pasir Ris-Punggol MP Zainal Sapari will be deputy chairman.

Mr Tay said the committee will focus on ensuring workers remain relevant and future-ready through skills upgrading, as well as on building up a strong Singaporean core in the workforce.

"Coupled with the fact that we have an ageing workforce, it's important to ensure that we have a strong Singaporean core and also strong commitment from companies in Singapore to have Singaporean workers as part of their core workforce," he said.

The first sitting of the 13th Parliament will take place on Jan 15.

Mooted by then-Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1987, GPCs are set up by the PAP to scrutinise the legislation and programmes of the various Ministries. They also serve as an additional channel of feedback on Government policies.

"PAP MPs would generally speak up even without the GPC mechanism but what the GPC mechanism does is to provide for a more organised framework," explained Assistant Professor Eugene Tan from Singapore Management University. "It enables PAP backbenchers to develop expertise in certain portfolios in certain ministries."

The full list of GPCs as follows:

Communications and Information
Mr Zaqy Mohamad (Chairperson)
Ms Sun Xueling (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Darryl David
Mr Ong Teng Koon
Mr Saktiandi Bin Supaat
Dr Teo Ho Pin
Mr Vikram Nair

Culture, Community and Youth
Mr David Ong (Chairperson)
Dr Lim Wee Kiak (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Darryl David
Mr Kwek Hian Chuan, Henry
Ms Joan Pereira
Ms Rahayu Mahzam
Ms Sun Xueling
Mr Yam Ziming, Alex
Mr Melvin Yong

Defence and Foreign Affairs
Mr Vikram Nair (Chairperson)
Mr Amrin Amin (Deputy Chairperson)
Dr Fatimah Binte Abdul Lateef
Mr Foo Chee Keng, Cedric
Mr David Ong
Ms Joan Pereira
Dr Teo Ho Pin

Education
Ms Denise Phua (Chairperson)
Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Ang Wei Neng
Ms Cheng Li Hui
Ms Foo Mee Har
Dr Lim Wee Kiak
Mr Seah Kian Peng
Mr Edwin Tong
Mr Zainal Bin Sapari

Environment and Water Resources
Ms Lee Bee Wah (Chairperson)
Mr Gan Thiam Poh (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Cheng Li Hui
Dr Chia Shi-Lu
Mr Liang Eng Hwa
A/Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang

Finance and Trade and Industry
Mr Liang Eng Hwa (Chairperson)
Mr Foo Chee Keng, Cedric (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Cheryl Chan
Ms Foo Mee Har
Mr Kwek Hian Chuan, Henry
Mr Saktiandi Bin Supaat
Ms Sun Xueling
Dr Tan Wu Meng
Mr Yee Chia Hsing

Health
Dr Chia Shi-Lu (Chairperson)
Dr Lily Neo (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Christopher de Souza
Dr Fatimah Binte Abdul Lateef
Ms Joan Pereira
Mr Sitoh Yih Pin
Dr Tan Wu Meng
Ms Tin Pei Ling

Home Affairs and Law
Mr Christopher de Souza (Chairperson)
Mr Edwin Tong (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Desmond Choo
Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
Ms Rahayu Mahzam
Dr Tan Wu Meng
Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan

Manpower
Mr Patrick Tay Teck Guan (Chairperson)
Mr Zainal Bin Sapari (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Desmond Choo
Mr Chong Kee Hiong
Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar
Mr Lee Yi Shyan
Mr Lim Biow Chuan
A/Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Ms Jessica Tan

National Development
Mr Yam Ziming, Alex (Chairperson)
Mr Chong Kee Hiong (Deputy Chairperson)
Ms Cheryl Chan
Mr Darryl David
Mr Gan Thiam Poh
Er Dr Lee Bee Wah
Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
Mr Ong Teng Koon
Mr Saktiandi Bin Supaat

Social and Family Development
Mr Seah Kian Peng (Chairperson)
Ms Tin Pei Ling (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Amrin Amin
Mr Ang Hin Kee
Mr Desmond Choo
Dr Lily Neo
Ms Denise Phua
Ms Rahayu Mahzam
Ms Jessica Tan

Transport
Mr Sitoh Yih Pin (Chairperson)
Mr Ang Hin Kee (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Ang Wei Neng
Ms Cheng Li Hui
Mr Lee Yi Shyan
Mr Lim Biow Chuan
Mr Yee Chia Hsing
Mr Melvin Yong
Mr Zaqy Mohamad

Source: CNA/wl