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Sylvia Lim on Committee of Privileges report

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In Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 15), MP Sylvia Lim raised issues with the findings of the Committee of Privileges (COP). She pointed out that if read in the proper context, her evidence is not inconsistent and not damaging to Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh. She also said she is "baffled" by the COP's conclusion that she had somehow recognised that Mr Singh had acted contrary to an MP's duty to tell the truth. Ms Lim said the evidence she gave does not support this finding. Ms Lim also stressed the need for the Public Prosecutor to handle the matter impartially, as a court conviction may prematurely terminate the service of an MP elected by the people. She also raised concerns with the composition of the COP, saying it is overwhelmingly dominated by ruling party members. She said this does not bode well for a fair hearing. If the COP's total strength is to remain at eight members, then three members should be from opposition parties, she said. This is likely to result in a less one-sided hearing and fuller consideration of relevant evidence, she added.

In Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 15), MP Sylvia Lim raised issues with the findings of the Committee of Privileges (COP). She pointed out that if read in the proper context, her evidence is not inconsistent and not damaging to Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh. She also said she is "baffled" by the COP's conclusion that she had somehow recognised that Mr Singh had acted contrary to an MP's duty to tell the truth. Ms Lim said the evidence she gave does not support this finding. Ms Lim also stressed the need for the Public Prosecutor to handle the matter impartially, as a court conviction may prematurely terminate the service of an MP elected by the people. She also raised concerns with the composition of the COP, saying it is overwhelmingly dominated by ruling party members. She said this does not bode well for a fair hearing. If the COP's total strength is to remain at eight members, then three members should be from opposition parties, she said. This is likely to result in a less one-sided hearing and fuller consideration of relevant evidence, she added.

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