5 non-verbal cues that speak volumes in Parliament

This is why we ought to watch parliamentary debates, not read about them.

By Martino Tan |Belmont Lay | May 29, 2014

The media billed the exchange between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Low Thia Khiang on May 28, 2014 as one of the most “heated debates” in parliament for years.

Robin Chan from The Straits Times said that the exchange was “fascinating to watch”.

Yew Lun Tan from Lianhe Zaobao called it “the most exciting tongue battle over the past few years” (最精彩的舌战 or zui jing cai de she zhan).


Now, let Mothership.sg bring you the highlights of the debate:

Entering the parliament on the left is Prime Minister Lee

PM Lee wagging his finger, asking Low where does he stand on the big issues.

The challenger on right is WP chief Low

Low Thia Khiang preparing for battle

Reactions from the spectators:

Reactions from Ministers Lawrence Wong (left) and Chan Chun Sing (right).

Low mentioned that WP would get sued if WP cannot substantiate their accusations against PAP.

Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (left) and Yaacob Ibrahim (right) unconvinced by Low’s reasoning.

Many Members of the House (thumping) their seats in approval at the exhange. 


Related articles:

Judging by supporters’ comments online, both LHL and LTK won the face-off

10 Quotable Quotes that really show PM Lee & WP’s Low engaged in an epic butting of heads in parliament

Low Thia Khiang won in parliament again, can he repeat his magic in the next GE?


If you like what you read, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.

About Martino Tan

Martino’s parents named him after an Italian priest, Vatican's 1st ambassador to S’pore. He's inspired by the lives of Robert Kennedy & D. Bonhoeffer, the words of G.Orwell & T.Sorensen, & the music of the Beatles.

Morning Commute

Interesting stories to discuss with your colleagues in office later