Updated: 05/28/2014 02:39

Denise Phua calls for changes to Presidency and Public Service

Denise Phua calls for changes to Presidency and Public Service

MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua says Singapore's best years may not lie ahead unless we continue to labour on that which is unseen, yet highly valuable. 

She says the political landscape needs updating and schemes like the Elected President, Non-Constituency MP and the Nominated MP Schemes reviewed. 

Focussing on the elected presidency Ms Phua called for it to be reexamined. 

Making the call in Parliament, she said if the conditions under which it was introduced have changed, "we should have the courage to slay the sacred cows." 

The Presidency became a popularly-elected political office following constitutional amendments enacted in 1991. 

Until then, the President was a neutral ceremonial head of state. 

The amendments gave the Elected President reserve powers over government expenditure of financial reserves and key public office appointments. 

And she's concerned over these powers. 

"The elected presidency scheme has admitted candidates who were non-executive chairpersons of companies or portfolio managers with no strong solid executive experience, expecting them to exercise the very critical executive functions expected of the Elected President."

On the public service, Ms Phua says there needs to be a rethink of how it selects and develops its leaders. 

She also said the Public Service needs to update its process of recognising and rewarding good performance and putting in place a more effective communication blueprint.

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