06 Jan '12, 12pm

Are opposition parties enemies of the state? #sgpolitics #sgelection #sgelections

This issue has cropped up with Chen Show Mao telling the ruling govt that they are just providing an alternative voice, maybe a govt in waiting, and not the enemy of the state. For decades, the political opposition has been tacitly seen or projected as enemies of the state with many ended up in jail or humiliated. In earlier days there were the communist inspired doctrine of armed revolution to topple legitimate govt and practicing the art of statecraft is a matter of life and death. Has anything changed? Are the opposition parties still being seen as enemies of the state? Who are looking at opposition parties as enemies of the state or enemies of the people? Is such a label valid and deserving? Political parties naturally see each other as opponents in the political contest for the right to govern a country. The mature western polities have accepted and are willing to liv...

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  1. 06 Jan '12, 3pm

    You should not generalize. There are opposition politicians who run their constituent for a long time like Chiam See Tong and Low Thia Khiang.

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