23 Aug '11, 6am

Our reader wants Tan Kin Lian and Tan Jee Say to know: Singapore is not ancient Rome. #SGpresident

DR YIK KENG YEONG: 'Mr Tan Kin Lian wants to be the voice of the common people and Mr Tan Jee Say chooses to occupy the moral high ground and aspires to be a president who will be the ethical voice of the nation. Singapore is not ancient Rome with plebeians and patricians ruled by a plutocratic government. We are a democracy of the people, from the people and by the people. The Government already represents all strata of society. Why is there then a need for distinction between different classes, so there is an artificial divide between 'us' and 'them', as implied by Mr Tan Kin Lian? Are there so many 'uncommon' people among us that there needs to be a champion for them? Let me quote Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli: 'A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that...

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