06 Apr '11, 1pm

Good for S'pore to have strong govt & opposition: observers

SINGAPORE : Political observers said it would be good for Singapore to have a strong government and opposition, but for a two-party system to work, both sides need to attract the right talents. They were responding to Tuesday's comments made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong that such a system could never work for Singapore because it is tough assembling an A-team. Mr Lee also noted that it is a challenge to attract talents from the private sector. Of the 15 candidates unveiled so far by the ruling People's Action Party, two-thirds are from the public sector and labour movement. Only five are from the private sector. And the party admits it has been a challenge getting private sector talents into politics. Young PAP chairman Teo Ser Luck said it "takes a while to convince" potential candidates to step up to the plate. Mr Teo said: "What I try to do is let them see the bigg...

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