SINGAPORE: After nine intense days of debate, the 2013 Budget session in Singapore Parliament came to a close on Friday but not before passing the spending estimates for the new Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, along with the budget for the various Organs of State.
Leader of the House and Defence Minister, Ng Eng Hen said that 483 amendments were filed — an increase of 7 per cent from last year.
Dr Ng noted that with experience, the new Members of Parliament and office bearers were more assured and forceful in their speeches this year.
He also listed several firsts in this year’s Budget debate such as the first Budget for the newly created Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
On Mdm Halimah Yacob, as Speaker of the house, Dr Ng said: "This Budget session was also a first for you in the Chair, although no one would have guessed. You presided over this House with adroitness, attentiveness, patience and firmness delicately applied. The result was smooth proceedings and business completed on time. Mdm, this House thanks you and I am sure I speak on behalf of all members in expressing our admiration at how quickly and assuredly you have assumed your role as Speaker."
Mdm Halimah said: "This is a serious debate and you have taken great pains to address the people’s concerns. The exchange with the front bench was robust and engaging. My advice for next year is plan your speech better. Brevity is not a sin. After all, the two most powerful words in human vocabulary are very short— yes and no. It is a pleasure to preside over a Parliament where honourable members take their work seriously and have great pride for the people they represent. The people expect no less from us."
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