Leader of the Opposition (Singapore)

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Leader of the Opposition of
the Republic of Singapore
Pritam Singh at the Workers' Party general election rally, Serangoon Stadium, Singapore - 20110505.jpg
Incumbent
Pritam Singh

since 8 April 2018
AppointerCentral Executive Council of Workers' Party of Singapore
Term lengthWhile leader of the second largest political party represented in the parliament not in government.
Inaugural holderLee Kuan Yew
(Legislative Assembly 1955)
Formation6 April 1955
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The Leader of the Opposition of Singapore is usually the leader of the second largest political party represented in the Parliament of Singapore. During the 1955 Legislative Assembly election, the Lee Kuan Yew was the de facto Leader of the Opposition, as the People's Action Party was then the second largest political party represented in the Legislative Assembly.

The current de facto Leader of Opposition is Pritam Singh of the Workers' Party of Singapore.[1]

Seating in Parliament[edit]

The Leader of the Opposition sits on the left side of the Parliament chamber, directly opposite the Prime Minister of Singapore and for a short time in the 13th Parliament, the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore.

Salary and Remuneration[edit]

The Leader of the Opposition does not draw a salary from this post. He is entitled the same salary and remuneration with the rest of the members of Parliament.

List of Opposition Leaders[edit]

# Leader of the Opposition Party Took office Left office Parliament
1 Lee Kuan Yew in 1965 Lee Kuan Yew
(1923–2015)
People's Action Party 22 April 1955 31 March 1959 1st Legislative Assembly
2 Lim Yew Hock
(1914–1984)
Singapore People's Alliance 1 July 1959 3 September 1963 2nd Legislative Assembly
No Leader of the Opposition during 1963–1968, as Barisan Sosialis leaders were not represented in the legislature. 3rd Legislative Assembly
1st Parliament
No Leader of the Opposition during 1968–1980, as there was no elected Opposition in Parliament. 2nd Parliament
3rd Parliament
4th Parliament
3 JoshuaBenjaminJeyaretnam-Singapore-20051107-detail.jpg Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam
(1926–2008)
Workers' Party October 1981 4 December 1984 5th Parliament
25 February 1985 10 November 1986 6th Parliament
4 ChiamSeeTong-SDARally-20060502.jpg Chiam See Tong
(1935–)
Singapore Democratic Party 10 November 1986 17 August 1988
9 January 1989 14 August 1991 7th Parliament
6 January 1992 17 May 1993 8th Parliament
5 Ling How Doong
(1934–)
Singapore Democratic Party 17 May 1993 16 December 1996
6 ChiamSeeTong-SDARally-20060502.jpg Chiam See Tong
(1935–)
Singapore People's Party 26 May 1997 18 October 2001 9th Parliament
Singapore Democratic Alliance 25 March 2002 20 April 2006 10th Parliament
7 Low Thia Khiang 2011.JPG Low Thia Khiang
(1956–)
Workers' Party 2 November 2006 19 April 2011 11th Parliament
10 October 2011 25 August 2015 12th Parliament
15 January 2016 8 April 2018 13th Parliament
8 Pritam Singh at the Workers' Party general election rally, Serangoon Stadium, Singapore - 20110505.jpg Pritam Singh
(1976–)
Workers' Party 8 April 2018 Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pritam Singh elected new WP chief, succeeding Low Thia Khiang".

See also[edit]