Opposition needs to work together

With nine opposition political parties contesting the impending general election ("'Don't rule out' new kids on the block"; July 5), many new parties are struggling to differentiate themselves. In reality, there is considerable common ground among their manifestos.

Rather than cannibalising one another, opposition parties should realise their inherent limitations.

In essence, they must combine their strengths and resources to form a solid alliance party under a collective leadership so as to attract credible talent.

Heightened coordination can ensure that these candidates are placed strategically in constituencies where they will have the greatest impact on vote share.

Such coalition-building is possible through compromise and mutual recognition - the very skills demanded of an adept politician.

Paul Chan Poh Hoi

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 19, 2015, with the headline 'Opposition needs to work together'. Print Edition | Subscribe