The Speaker of Parliament takes charge of the administration of Parliament and its secretariat, and presides over parliamentary sittings.
During debates in the House, the Speaker’s role includes regulating and enforcing the rules of debate in the House, and putting the question for the House to debate on and vote. The Speaker must remain impartial and fair to all MPs as decides who has the right to speak.
Although the Speaker does not take part in the debates, being an elected Member of Parliament, the Speaker can abstain, or vote for/ against a motion.
Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was elected Speaker of Parliament on Sep 11, 2017. He is also the MP for Marine Parade GRC.