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Elected MPs and their potential conflicts of interests

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The recent parking saga involving elected Members of Parliament paying only $365 annually to park in car parks across the country has reminded me of the vital need for accountability of those elected to office. MPs are being paid with public funds to serve the people who have elected them. While it may not always seem obvious, it is imperative to bear in mind that elected MPs serve us - not vice versa.

In Singapore, there seem to have been quite a number of incidences where conflicts of interests have arisen. Take this parking incident for instance. Even though it would be in the interests of the public purse for MPs to pay what everyone else pays for parking, the elected MPs have never raised this issue in Parliament. Here we have a situation whereby an MP's duty to the public is in conflict with benefits unto himself.........

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