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Parliament: Low Thia Khiang gives opposition view on constructive politics

Published on May 26, 2014 4:11 PM
 
Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang on Monday said his party supported President Tony Tan Keng Yam's call for constructive politics, but questioned how this could be achieved. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore - Workers' Party chief Low Thia Khiang on Monday said his party supported President Tony Tan Keng Yam's call for constructive politics, but questioned how this could be achieved.

The veteran MP argued for inculcating political values in youth, building a political culture that is free from bullying, abuse of power or fear, and establishing institutions that are impartial and hence, trusted by the people.

He said: "We must all remember constructive politics does not happen by the order of the Government. Nor does it happen through a national conversation or public consultation."

In his address to open the second half of the 12th Parliament more than a week ago, Dr Tan had warned against populist politics that would weaken Singapore, and lead to gridlock and paralysis.

 
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