Indian-Origin Pritam Singh Becomes Singapore’s First Leader Of Opposition

Singh’s party had won 10 out of 93 contested seats in July’s General Election.

Sohil Nikam

September 1, 2020

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Indian-origin politician from Singapore, Pritam Singh created history on Monday by becoming the first-ever Leader of Opposition in the country’s parliament. Singapore’s political arena had been dominated by just one party for decades, but Singh’s Workers’ Party changed things drastically this July by winning 10 out of the 93 seats it contested in the General Elections. On Monday’s initial session of the House, Singh was formally given duties of leading the new opposition.

As a Leader of Opposition, he also made his first Parliamentary address, in which he raised the issue of the substandard management and accommodations of the foreign workers living in Singapore. “Their (foreigners) presence gives Singapore a vitality that keeps us economically relevant and also provides jobs and opportunities to our fellow Singaporeans. Many of us count the foreigners in our midst – regardless of race, language or religion – as our friends,” he said.

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