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PAP: To remain dominant without being dominating

Published on Apr 19, 2013 8:28 AM
 
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam gives his opening addressa the official opening of the School of Science and Technology on 13 April, 2013. The People's Action Party (PAP) wants to remain a dominant party anchored in society - without dominating in all areas, says Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

THE People's Action Party (PAP) wants to remain a dominant party anchored in society - without dominating in all areas, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

It can do this as an open political party, he said, that galvanises a diversity of views and ideas, including critical opinions.

"I believe we can play a dominant role, retain a dominant position without wanting to completely dominate," DPM Tharman said in an interview with The Straits Times.

"It's in Singapore's interest that you do have a dominant party, but it's got to be one that's open to diversity, welcoming of a responsible opposition."

 
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