4G leaders need to find their own way to forge ties with people

Their objective should not be to win every argument, but to gain the trust of S'poreans

What did the recent stand-off between Workers' Party chairman Sylvia Lim and government ministers in Parliament have in common with Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam's interrogation of historian Thum Ping Tjin during the Select Committee hearings?

The obvious similarity: Ms Lim and Dr Thum refused to yield their ground in the face of government pressure, even if they did concede some points.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline '4G leaders need to find their own way to forge ties with people'. Subscribe