Members of Parliament are required to file their questions for the ministers about two weeks before the Parliamentary sitting. This is to give time for civil servants to draft out a reply for their minister to read out in Parliament. The minister’s prepared reply usually gets wide coverage in the mainstream media, dwarfing the original question filed by the MP.
However, MPs are also given the chance to ask supplementary questions after the minister’s first reply, to seek clarification and probe further. The following is the exchange between Workers’ Party chairman Sylvia Lim and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan on 15 September 2010. Continue reading “Sylvia Lim’s supplementary questions on YOG”