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29/03/2018
Politics, Society, Monthly Spotlight

Singaporeans Ambivalent About MPs Writing Appeal Letters

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.