The subject of constructive politics was extensively and robustly debated in Parliament last week.
The context of constructive politics should contain the vital element of an environment that is free of fear and intimidation, to let people, social groups and political parties debate national policies and government proposals on an equitable basis.
However, there must be an important condition attached to this - all arguments must be substantiated with facts and subjected to scrutiny.
We have seen parliamentary proceedings in other countries degenerate into scuffles and verbal abuse. I believe all Singaporeans would not want these here. Hence, we wish to have a sensible and rational opposition.
I am glad that the opposition has upheld its role of checking the Government and voicing the concerns and aspirations of the people. However, most importantly, it did not oppose just for the sake of opposition.
Teo Kueh Liang
This article was first published on June 04, 2014.
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