David Marshall and the Dawn of Meet-the-People Sessions in Singapore – The Workers' Party
People's Action Party. SHOW MORE. Meet the people session. Attack on PAP MP stark reminder of risks MPs have to manage. 17 Apr Enter your postal code to find your MP and view their Meet-the-People details. Mr Khaw Boon Meet-The-People Session Date/Time: Blk Sembawang Close # Singapore (2nd and 4th Mondays of the month). Mr Amrin . What happens at the Meet The People Session (MPS)? Each MP will conduct his/ her session differently. Some will have their appeal heard first.
Today, residents of all walks of life continue to see their elected representatives at MPS to raise issues not too dissimilar from those of yesteryear. Is there something special about yours?
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No, the basic characteristic of my MPS is that I want to see all the residents who have taken the time out to come and see me at the Meet-the-People Session. You usually have many residents who come back and are thankful for a successful appeal and things of that nature.
One incident that stands out happened about almost three years ago now, when I appealed successfully on behalf of a resident for a BTO application and she came back and gave me two bottles of perfume which I had to surrender to Parliament.
How many people usually come to your MPS every Monday night? I suppose, on average, between 20 and How do you deal with the work load of MPS? With people like you!
My legislative assistant, my secretarial assistant and of course all the volunteers who take the time and energy out to help and support this activity. A lot of the load is taken off me by the volunteer core.Michael Palmer resigns as Speaker and MP
That he initiated this process of meeting the people which now we of course take for granted but it was something quite abnormal at that point. All of us should follow in his foot-steps. To that end, I think MPS is still very relevant to many of us. What are the most important values you can take away from your weekly MPS? I asked him what other issues he faced so as to buttress the appeal to the traffic police. He told me that his wife is suffering from cancer. And then you realise, on the one hand, what you thought was actually just a case of a rice bowl issue with regard to the licence of a driver actually has a tail of another issue.
What would you like Singaporeans to know about MPS? The MP is that person the residents come to see. I wish they did. Have there been any interesting moments that have stood out?
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Yes, many interesting moments. I usually come every Wednesday to help out. How many people come down typically to each MPS? What happens during MPS? Some will have their appeal heard first by a writer, before meeting the MP.
Some MPs will go from table to table to attend to each resident and writer. Smaller sessions will see the residents meeting the MP directly. Urgent cases will be faxed out the next day, otherwise all letters will be mailed 5. After the appeal, give about two weeks for a reply What is the Success Rate? Genuine cases of financial hardship, bread and butter issues, maybe even cut utility bills arising from monetary difficulties can have high chances.
However, it is difficult to assess if a resident is genuinely needs help…it is not up to the MP or writer to judge. If they are found to be in trouble, financial assistance, emergency utility reinstatement funds and ComCare funds, free healthcare from government clinics etc can be rendered immediately by the CDC not the MPS. Oftentimes, these are from Singaporeans who marry foreign spouses. ICA never tells you the reason for rejection this is because if they put something in black and white, chances are you can find loopholes and work around it.
It is hard to tell the success rate of these — especially with anti-forigner sentiment so high in the country. However, for any court cases concerning traffic or any other criminal offense actuallyno political party including the PAP, has the right to write to the Judge or the Court.
Thus, MPS session will not accept any court cases. For help in this area, there are legal clinics available in some constituencies and they can refer you to Legal Aid if you are in financial difficulty. What happens after appeal? All letters including opposition MPs written in to Government departments, Ministries and Stat Boards require a reply: Private companies banks, telcos etcare not obliged to respond to MP letters. Theirs is a private agenda and sometimes they do reply and assist out of courtesy, but they are not compelled to take any action.
But you never know, it depends also on the personal relationships that the politicians have with these private companies… it is after all humans that respond to letters.