02 Apr '11, 3pm

Strong opposition is good for the PAP and Singapore, said PAP's treasurer Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Strong opposition is good for the PAP and Singapore, said PAP's treasurer Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

STRONG opposition is good for the People's Action Party (PAP) and Singapore, the PAP's treasurer said on Saturday. Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is also Finance Minister, said this in a multi-party forum televised on Channel News Asia on Saturday night. Over 45 minutes, members from four opposition parties exchanged views on the hot button issues of rising costs and influx of foreign workers with Mr Tharman and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Josephine Teo. The others who took part in the forum were Mrs Lina Chiam, wife of Singapore People's Party leader and Potong Pasir MP Chiam See Tong, Mr Nazem Suki of the Singapore Democratic Alliance, Dr Vincent Wijeysingha of the Singapore Democratic Party and Mr Gerald Giam of the Workers' Party. There was some agreement to slow down the flow of foreign workers and raise productivity, but disagreement on how to help the poor and reduce th...

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