Opposition must be in true service to the people

It is indeed heartening to read some of the statements made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam and other ministers calling for unity and indicating a willingness to be inclusive in their move forward after General Election 2015 ("Close ranks and unite after GE: Ministers"; Sept 14).

This must be the most important call made and the opposition is included in this call.

Opposition MPs should heed this call and approach their presence in Parliament with a true sense of service to the people; they should debate sincerely with the sole objective of arriving at the best solutions for the people.

They should question, test and debate matters, but they should do so not just to oppose, but to find the best solution. Working together should be the order of the day, on all sides and in all matters.

The ruling party should approach all debates as an honest attempt to ensure differing views are covered. Rather than shutting out diverse viewpoints, it should welcome and appreciate such views.

We have to look at the opposition, not as an entity which simply wants to oppose, but one that is seeking the best outcome for Singaporeans.

Ng Kei Yong