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Question about MPs - Residency requirements?

Post by zzm9980 » Mon, 18 Feb 2013 8:27 pm

In the US (and I imagine most of the West) an MP/Lawmaker must live in the district they represent. Is it the same here? It doesn't seem to be for the MPs. Granted Singapore is orders of magnitude smaller, but in my mind it still doesn't make sense.

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Post by taxico » Mon, 18 Feb 2013 9:39 pm

no, not a requirement.

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Re: Question about MPs - Residency requirements?

Post by ecureilx » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 9:49 am

zzm9980 wrote: ...
And to add on to what taxico said, after all, Singapore is just an hour, end to end ? :)

And the MPs are all accessible ...

And in a nearby country, candidates quitely buy property, and LEGALLY prove they are living there, etc. etc .. so that they can contest from the area .. then again, you should see the amount of disputes ..

Some are comical, like a guy from Texas having his registered address in Alaska .. (for example .. ) and boy, they do contest ..

In said country - election is about how much $ you throw, and that's all you need to win the voters ..

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Post by teck21 » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:53 am

Still, the common perception is they all live in nice secluded landed homes, away from the people they govern, and are shoving it down people's throats that all can still be happy living in ever closer proximity to someone else.

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Post by curiousgeorge » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:27 am

Not only is there no residency requirement, the Group Representative Constituencies system actually allows candidates to switch their constituency to ensure a win at the polls.

For instance, "The presence of Cabinet Ministers in GRCs is often believed to give the PAP a considerable advantage in the contesting of a GRC. The PAP has used this tactic to its advantage on several occasions. Rather than stand in an uncontested GRC, in 1997, then-Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong shifted his candidacy to where the PAP believed they were most vulnerable, which was the Cheng San GRC"

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constituen ... _Singapore

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Post by the lynx » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:31 am

My next simpleton question to that biased rule will be, "So what's the point of representation then?"

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Post by ecureilx » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:50 am

the lynx wrote:My next simpleton question to that biased rule will be, "So what's the point of representation then?"

:roll:
err .. regardless where they live, you get to meet the MP and get things settled ... .. so ??

Not picking a fight, just asking ... vs many countries where the MP / representative lives in the area, but you may a better chance of seeing God than meeting the representative ..

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Post by Mad Scientist » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 2:32 pm

the lynx wrote:My next simpleton question to that biased rule will be, "So what's the point of representation then?"

:roll:
Nothing at all , just scared to lose and they hold the bucks and the bucket and the rotan.

There is no fairness in this and the only thing that is fair is their own skin well... almost all of them

Technically yes , they must be at grassroot level but if holding one's coat tails to enter politic says alot about kiasuism by the gahmen
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Post by taxico » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 3:00 pm

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Post by taxico » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 3:02 pm

teck21 wrote:Still, the common perception is they all live in nice secluded landed homes, away from the people they govern, and are shoving it down people's throats that all can still be happy living in ever closer proximity to someone else.
they can afford to - i think MPs earn about 200k a year. shoot, i've made a wrong career choice.

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Post by therat » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 3:41 pm

MP allowance is $192,500 after GE2011, after 3% cut.

Note, that is allowance not salary.
You still can have your full time job.

Therefore, part time job worth $192,500. I would said it is one of the best paid part time job.

[edit to add the following]
You also can have unlimited directorship.
eg, Lew Syn Pau has 14 Corporate directorship.

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Post by zzm9980 » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 3:46 pm

the lynx wrote:My next simpleton question to that biased rule will be, "So what's the point of representation then?"

:roll:
Exactly :) Meet the MP, right? Well, why can't I do that as a foreigner? I actually live in the district!

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Post by ecureilx » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 4:14 pm

therat wrote: [edit to add the following]
You also can have unlimited directorship.
eg, Lew Syn Pau has 14 Corporate directorship.
Edit : Directorship often, (back where I come from atleast) they claim they don't get paid .. Only Director ALLOWANCES ;) which again .. can .. run .. and run ..

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 5:23 pm

Director's Pay is a normal part of business. It's not called Director's Allowance in Singapore although it about the same thing and it can be paid monthly or annually. For a non-active director (e.g., to fill statutory requirements), anywhere from 1 to 5K a year is normal.
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Post by Mad Scientist » Tue, 19 Feb 2013 6:18 pm

To have an MP on your board means you are always looking for favors or to be on the right side of the book if you are always tendering for gahmen projects or whatever. The higher your portfolios the more remuneration you get.
Damn, the MPs here are one of the best paid in the world to run a little red dot.
Dare some of them said " they enter politics not for the money" yeah right !!
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