'Glaring' phrase gets MPs heated

'Glaring' phrase gets MPs heated
Workers' Party (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang at a WP rally on 29 April 2011.

SINGAPORE - Politics is still politics, regardless of how it is described, said Worker's Party (WP) Secretary-General Low Thia Khiang.

It is the outcome of the political process that is important to him, he added.

This was the Aljunied GRC MP's view on constructive politics as mentioned in the President's Address.

DEBATE

He was one of the first speakers for the Debate on the President's Address yesterday, and his speech, which included criticisms of the Government, sparked off a heated debate.

CONSTRUCTIVE POLITICS

President Tony Tan Keng Yam had called for this form of politics that puts "the nation and people first" in his speech on May 16 when Parliament re-opened after its mid-term break.

In response, Mr Low said this phrase was "glaring" to him as it was an expression of the direction of the Government's priority and "unprecedented in President's Address since I entered Parliament in 1991".

He said the WP believes in constructive politics as a unifying force, which is why the WP recites the National Pledge - to "remind us that despite our differences, we are all Singaporeans".

INTEGRITY

Mr Low defended his views and clarified that he did not reject constructive politics, saying that the term was "merely rhetoric" of the Government but action was more important.

Taking a shot at the PAP for "harping on the town council matter," he sought to clarify the issue. He said: "It is not something that we signed under the table.

"So I think if you are talking of integrity, perhaps you may want to give us more details to prove that how is it that the Workers' Party lack integrity in awarding the contract."

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