Janil Puthucheary, Sim Ann re-appointed as PAP Whip and Deputy Whip; 12 GPCs formed

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PAP has reappointed Dr Janil Puthucheary (left) as Party Whip and Ms Sim Ann as Deputy Party Whip.

SINGAPORE – The People’s Action Party on Wednesday (Aug 19) announced that it has reappointed Dr Janil Puthucheary as Party Whip and Ms Sim Ann as Deputy Party Whip.

Dr Janil has served as Party Whip since June 6 last year, having taken over the role from Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, who was the previous Whip since September 2015.

He is currently Senior Minister of State for Health and Communications and Information, and an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

Ms Sim is currently Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and National Development, and an MP for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC.

The role of a Party Whip is to ensure good communication in the party ranks, contribute to the smooth running of its parliamentary machinery and serve as disciplinarian.

The Whip also ensures the party’s MPs vote according to the party’s position. But at times, the Whip can “lift the Whip”, allowing party members to vote according to their conscience.

Separately, the Government Parliamentary Committees (GPCs) have also been formed, the PAP said in a press release.

Almost all 12 of the committees have new chairmen, with the exception of three: defence and foreign affairs, finance and trade and industry, and social and family development.

These three GPCs will continue to be chaired by Mr Vikram Nair, a Sembawang GRC MP; Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Bukit Panjang MP; and Mr Seah Kian Peng, a Marine Parade GRC MP, respectively.

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The changes include:

MacPherson MP Tin Pei Ling, who was deputy chairman for the communications and information GPC, will now chair the committee in place of Mr Cedric Foo, who has retired from politics.

Potong Pasir MP Sitoh Yih Pin will head the GPC for culture, community and youth, in place of Dr Lim Wee Kiak.

 

 

 

Pioneer MP and labour leader Patrick Tay will head the education GPC, with Tampines GRC MP Desmond Choo replacing him as chair of the GPC for manpower.

Jurong GRC MP Tan Wu Meng will chair the health GPC, while Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Saktiandi Supaat takes over as the transport GPC chairman.

Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng, formerly a member of the GPC for the environment and water resources, now heads up the sustainability and the environment GPC, in line with the renaming of the ministry last month.

The GPC appointments will be effective with the commencement of the 14th Parliament of Singapore, which opens with an address by President Halimah Yacob next Monday.

Set up by the PAP in 1987, GPCs serve as an additional feedback channel on government policies, and give their members the opportunity to scrutinise the legislation and programmes of the various ministries.

Here’s the full list of GPC members.

Communications and Information

    Tin Pei Ling – Chairman
    Alex Yam – Deputy Chairman
    Christopher de Souza
    Seah Kian Peng
    Jessica Tan
    Hany Soh
    Sharael bin Mohd Taha

Culture, Community and Youth

    Sitoh Yih Pin – Chairman
    Darryl David – Deputy Chairman
    Tin Pei Ling
    Cheng Li Hui
    Joan Pereira
    Fahmi bin Aliman
    Hany Soh
    Xie Yao Quan

Defence and Foreign Affairs

    Vikram Nair – Chairman
    Alex Yam – Deputy Chairman
    Chong Kee Hiong
    Henry Kwek
    Don Wee
    Rachel Ong
    Zhulkarnain bin Abdul Rahim

Education

    Patrick Tay – Chairman
    Darryl David – Deputy Chairman
    Denise Phua
    Foo Mee Har
    Mariam Jaafar
    Shawn Huang
    Wan Rizal

Finance and Trade & Industry

    Liang Eng Hwa – Chairman
    Foo Mee Har – Deputy Chairman
    Jessica Tan
    Saktiandi bin Supaat
    Desmond Choo
    Derrick Goh
    Edward Chia
    Shawn Huang
    Mariam Jaafar

Health

    Tan Wu Meng – Chairman
    Ng Ling Ling – Deputy Chairman
    Lim Wee Kiak
    Ang Wei Neng
    Wan Rizal
    Yip Hon Weng
    Mariam Jaafar

Home Affairs and Law

    Murali Pillai – Chairman
    Zhulkarnain bin Abdul Rahim – Deputy Chairman
    Christopher de Souza
    Sitoh Yih Pin
    Tan Wu Meng
    Vikram Nair
    Patrick Tay
    Derrick Goh

Manpower

    Desmond Choo – Chairman
    Edward Chia – Deputy Chairman
    Liang Eng Hwa
    Cheng Li Hui
    Sharael bin Mohd Taha
    Rachel Ong
    Yeo Wan Ling
    Yip Hon Weng

National Development

    Cheryl Chan – Chairman
    Chong Kee Hiong – Deputy Chairman
    Henry Kwek
    Lim Biow Chuan
    Louis Ng
    Carrie Tan
    Nadia Ahmad Samdin
    Xie Yao Quan

Social and Family Development

    Seah Kian Peng – Chairman
    Joan Pereira – Deputy Chairman
    Denise Phua
    Murali Pillai
    Melvin Yong
    Carrie Tan
    Fahmi bin Aliman
    Ng Ling Ling

Sustainability and the Environment

    Louis Ng – Chairman
    Poh Li San – Deputy Chairman
    Cheryl Chan
    Gan Thiam Poh
    Lim Wee Kiak
    Nadia Ahmad Samdin
    Don Wee

Transport

    Saktiandi bin Supaat – Chairman
    Melvin Yong – Deputy Chairman
    Lim Biow Chuan
    Ang Wei Neng
    Gan Thiam Poh
    Poh Li San
    Yeo Wan Ling

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