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CHEE SOON JUAN WRITES TO PM LEE TO CALL FOR A BY-ELECTION

Singapore Democratic Party's Chee Soon Juan has written to PM Lee to call for a By-Election for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC in light of Mdm Halimah Yacob's resignation. He asked if PM Lee agrees with Mr Chan Chun Sing for previously saying that there will not be a By-Election. If he does not receive a response, he will "proceed to take the necessary steps to rectify the situation".

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BADLY TRANSLATED NOTICE AT TAMPINES NOT AUTHORISED BY TOWN COUNCIL, LIKELY A RESIDENT'S COMPLAINT

MP for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng has responded to a badly ill-translated notice at one of his estate's HDB blocks. Turns out the notice was not authorised by the Town Council - someone had likely put it there in his/her own capacity.

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NEW LAWS NEEDED FOR BY-ELECTION SO THAT GRC ENSURES MINORITY REPRESENTATION

A netizen disagrees that a by-election can only be called when all GRC members leave a constituency. Having a by-election in this case will mostly help maintain consistency and fairness of the GRC system in having at least a minority run it.

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MARSILING RESIDENT STARTS PETITION FOR BY-ELECTION, CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT

SDP volunteer and Marsiling-Yew Tee resident Abdul Salim Harun is starting a petition to call for a By-Election in the GRC after Halimah Yacob stepped down from her position. He will be doing house visits and explaining to residents the importance of a By-Election.

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SO EFFICIENT, ZAQY MOHAMAD APPOINTED AS ADVISER TO REPLACE HALIMAH YACOB

Zaqy Mohamad will be the new adviser for the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC where Halimah Yacob had just stepped down from. He is also the adviser for Choa Chu Kang GRC Grassroots Organisation and will thus be serving residents from both sides concurrently.

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IF GRASSROOTS ADVISOR CAN REPLACE AN MP, DOES THIS MEAN THEY HAVE EQUAL POWER?

Appointing a Grassroots Advisor in Marsiling instead of calling for a by-election raises very unsettling questions about how the Government recognises the legitimacy and authority of elected MPs. Does this mean that Government agencies will now accord them with as much recognition as elected MPs? Does this mean that these advisors can take on other roles that presumably only MPs can undertake?

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