Singapore – Saliva spitting, arguing, shouting. Who knew a debate about self-help groups could grow so heated and political?
It’s the early morning of the second day of the OPMUN conference in National Junior College, and the Presidential Council for Minority Rights had only been debating for no more than forty minutes when PM Lee Hsien Loong raised his voice and said that the ongoing debate was unreasonable and ‘did not make sense’. He also brought up that his authority as the prime minister allowed him to reject the processing of if he thought that they were unfeasible.
This led to strong objections from another attending delegate who expressed his disapproval of what PM Lee Hsien Loong just said and claimed that decisions to make policies did not only rely on him but also on the rest of the delegates. PM Lee Hsien Loong got worked up by this, and frowning, he told the delegate that he even had enough power to remove the funding of the whole council. The delegate decided not to respond to this.
Despite this, the delegates of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights were light-hearted and friendly during the period of time before the beginning of the debate and during the unmoderated caucus.