19 Oct '11, 5am

Workers' Party MP Chen Show Mao makes plea for more tolerance of different points of view

Workers' Party (WP) MP Chen Show Mao (Aljunied GRC) on Tuesday made a plea for more tolerance of different points of view. In a maiden speech peppered with quotes from Confucius, Adam Smith and a former political opponent, MrChen argued that unity can emerge if the Government is accepting of differences and believes in Singaporeans. Referring to concerns that political differences following the two elections could lead to divisions, Mr Chen said: 'Differences are not divisions. It is the intolerance of differences that will be divisive.' He quoted an April 9 Business Times interview with former foreign affairs minister George Yeo, in which Mr Yeo said: 'An imposed unity is a false unity; it's a contradiction in terms. To me, that is a core position, and Singapore is an expression of that core position.' Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog ...

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