SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will nominate a new Speaker of Parliament when Parliament next meets, following the resignation of Mr Michael Palmer.
In the meantime, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Charles Chong will serve as Acting Speaker.
When asked who is likely to be considered for the post of Speaker, some Members of Parliament (MPs) from the ruling People’s Action Party told Channel NewsAsia that they are still coming to terms with the news of Mr Palmer’s resignation.
Singapore’s Parliament has two Deputy Speakers.
Besides Mr Charles Chong, the MP for Marine Parade GRC, Mr Seah Kian Peng, is the other Deputy Speaker.
MP for Moulmein—Kallang GRC, Denise Phua, said Mr Seah could be a possible candidate for the new Speaker of Parliament.
When asked if he would consider the post if he was approached to take it up, Mr Seah said the role of Speaker requires a lot of time and anyone taking the job would want to consider the matter seriously.
GPC chair for Communications and Information, Zaqy Mohamed, said that for now, the two Deputy Speakers would perform the role until such time the candidate for Speaker is proposed to Parliament.
Nominated MP Eugene Tan is of the view that either one of the two Deputy Speakers or former Cabinet Ministers who are now currently MPs, could be considered for the post of Speaker.
Singapore’s Parliament will sit on 14 January.
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