Sylvia Lim’s supplementary questions on YOG

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”

Let’s return to the Malaysia Cup

The S-League has proven to be quite a failure, to the point where the only people who watch it are those who have placed bets on the matches. It’s no point continuing to pour money into a losing venture. A little bit of compromise and humble-pie eating will be in order to get our teams back into the Malaysia Cup.

I like Aymeric Lim’s letter to the Straits Times Forum on Saturday 17 October. Like many Singaporeans, he called for Singapore to return to the Malaysia Cup football league.

He offered a new suggestion which I hadn’t heard before: Instead of returning as the Singapore national team, our current clubs in S-League could go in separately on their own. There could also be stricter caps on the number of foreign players allowed on each team. This could dispel the Malaysians’ fear that our over-funded national team will overwhelm their state teams and malu them again. I think the Malaysian teams and fans will welcome the competition. I’m sure sponsors on both sides will  definitely support it.

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