Wake Up Singapore calls it a sham that there will be no by-election when a minority MP leaves a GRC.
But the fact is, even if a minority MP leaves a GRC, there are still enough minorities representation in the Parliament. So how is that a sham? GRC system is to ensure minority representation in the Parliament. Not the GRC itself.
Quoted from ST:
“There are 25 minority MPs out of 89, “more than what you’d expect proportionately from adding up the percentage of Malays, Indians and other minorities”
Even if we have one less, that is 24 out of 89, which is 27 per cent of Parliament.”
- http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapolitics/no-by-election-if-minority-mp-leaves-grc-says-chun-singIf a minority candidate leaves his group representation constituency (GRC), a by-election will not be called, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing said yesterday.He was replying to the opposition Workers’ Party’s Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC), who wanted to know what would happen if a minority member of a GRC stepped down to run for president.
Mr Singh used Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob as an example. Madam Halimah, the minority member of Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, has been tipped as a potential candidate for the upcoming election, which is reserved for Malays.