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Singapore’s Indian-Origin Opposition Leader To Donate Part Of His Salary


Indian-origin politician Pritam Singh was designated Leader of the Opposition in Singapore


Pritam Singh, Singapore’s first designated Leader of the Opposition, will allocate half of his allowances to assist low-income residents in his constituencies, a media report stated as we speak.

Mr Singh, 43, was designated Leader of the Opposition for the primary time in Singapore’s parliamentary historical past on Tuesday after the Indian-origin politician led the Workers’ Party as its Secretary-General to a report 10-seat win within the July 10 normal elections.

He could be accorded further privileges and obtain double the allowance of an elected Member of Parliament, the parliamentary authorities introduced.

In a Facebook publish on Tuesday, Mr Singh stated he had mentioned the extra remuneration along with his spouse Lovleen Kaur Walia and its implications.

As the Opposition chief, he’s to obtain 385,000 Singapore {dollars} (USD 280,014) yearly.

“Both of us felt strongly that a percentage of the salary should be used for a greater purpose,” the Channel News Asia quoted Singh as saying within the Facebook publish as we speak.

Mr Singh stated he would allocate “50 per cent of the salary after taxes” to help low-income residents in Hougang Single Member Constituency and the 2 Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) of Aljunied and Sengkang, from the place voters gave Workers’ Party a 10-seat win.

The elections for 93 seats have been dominated by the ruling People’s Action Party of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The PAP received 83 seats within the normal elections and his authorities was sworn in on Monday.

Mr Singh would additionally spend a part of his 50 per cent allowances on varied wants of his Workers’ Party and different causes.

“It is an honour for me to serve as an elected MP in Singapore. Equally, it is a privilege to be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition,” stated Mr Singh.

“My Workers’ Party colleagues and I are lucky to have the opportunity to serve Singapore,” he stated.

Mr Singh, a lawyer, stated the appointment of Leader of the Opposition would additionally require extra funding of his time and longer hours away from his household.

“The Leader of the Opposition appointment carries with it many additional responsibilities that I will have to shoulder.”

“The road ahead will not be easy, but I thank Singaporeans for their support and encouragement,” he stated.

Mr Singh has been a member of parliament for Aljunied GRC since May 7, 2011.

Singapore’s 14th Parliament may have its first sitting on August 24.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)


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