When Nominated Member of Parliament Mr Viswa Sadasivan came up to make his maiden speech in Parliament, I don’t think he was expecting such a response from Singapore’s Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew.
MM Lee came up and defended the position of the Singapore government. Since then, the internet in Singapore has been buzzing about how Mr Viswa was destroyed by MM Lee. However to me, I fail to understand why this is such a big deal.
Mr Viswa came up to make a point and criticized the Singapore government for certain policies; MM Lee came up and defended the Singapore’s position. What’s the big deal? Isn’t this what Parliament is for? So the MM decided to walk up to defend the Singapore government instead of giving the job to some unknown or lesser known MP; what’s wrong with that?
Yes I know that Mr Viswa is a newcomer while MM Lee is a veteran (talk about an understatement), so it look like a case of a lion eating a mouse but there’s nothing wrong with it. MM Lee is a Member of Parliament, a member of the PAP (People’s Action Party), there’s nothing wrong with him coming up to defend the government.
To me this is just a case when 2 Members of Parliament has a disagreement with each other and argued about their stands in Parliament. Frankly, I hope for more of this in the future. What’s the big deal?