25 Apr '11, 1pm

Shanmugam: WP wants to tussle for the steering wheel #SGelections

Shanmugam: WP wants to tussle for the steering wheel #SGelections

THE Workers' Party wants to be more than 'a spare tyre' locked up in the car boot, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Monday. Instead, it wants to be in the front seat of the car as a 'co-driver', and able to stop the car if it does not like the direction in which it is going, he said in remarks emailed to The Straits Times. He was using a phrase coined by WP chief Low Thia Khiang on Sunday, who said that a strong opposition can be a 'spare tyre' in case the Government fails - that is, in the event of a 'punctured tyre'. But Mr Shanmugam countered on Monday that the WP's aim in Parliament is to be more than a spare tyre: 'It is quite interesting that the WP consistently downplays what its slogan of 'First World Parliament' really means. The spare tyre analogy is completely wrong.' 'Mr Low does not want to be the spare tyre locked up in the boot,' he said. 'H...

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