Veteran MP and Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport Dr Lam Pin Min stirred a public discourse recently when he wrote an appeal letter to the High Court, seeking a lighter sentence for one of his constituents. Some argued that MPs, as law-makers, should not interfere in the enforcement or interpretation of law.
About half of Singaporeans (53%) think that MPs can intercede for their constituents depending on the situation whilst 35% feel that clear lines should be drawn between MPs and the legal system.
A similar proportion (55%) feel that there are situations where it is appropriate for MPs to write petition letters to authorities such as the Police. However, about 3 in 10 (29%) believe that writing letters to law enforcement bodies should be out of bounds for MPs.