10 Apr '11, 10pm

Our reader says a government's self-renewal is not just about a single party's self-renewal. #SGelections

SELF-RENEWAL of the government is very important and it warrants a lot of concern and scrutiny by its citizens ("SMCs better for untested opposition members" by Mr Ang Kok Thiam; last Tuesday). However, a government's self-renewal is not just a single party's self-renewal. The idea of Mr Chiam See Tong and Mr Low Thia Khiang contesting in group representation constituencies (GRCs) is precisely for self-renewal in the opposition ranks, bringing in new and fresh members into Parliament, just like what the ruling party is doing currently. Mr Ang said he dreaded the scenario where untested and unheard of opposition members enter Parliament via GRCs. The ruling party is doing the same thing now by introducing untested and members unheard of until recently, some clearly without much relevant political experience, and some who became citizens only recently. Having a sizeable oppo...

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