Is it necessary to be confrontational in politics?

There is nothing wrong with being “confrontational” in politics. Every politician does that – in varying degrees. So, why do Singaporeans have this aversion to it, seemingly, whenever the word “confrontation” comes up?

Before we go into that, 2 things to keep in mind. First, the word needs to be defined properly. Second, confrontation must come with another quality – respect – unless the situation is an unique and special one, such as in Burma or Darfur.

In the older days of Singapore politics, the style of political parties was more confrontational. One can almost still hear the loud noises, accusations, diatribes ringing in one’s ear. It was as if every politician truly hated the guts of his opponents so much so that they threw respect for the person out the window.

Perhaps it was in accordance with the times – when life was hard, street gangs and secret societies were everywhere, crimes were rampant, people were less educated and so on. It was a more “uncouth” society.

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Hooligan politics by COWARDS exploiting children

Now, I am a supporter of the opposition as a whole but I detest hooliganism, even in politics. In fact, especially in politics. Call me wet behind the ears but I do believe that in human interaction there must be respect, civility and maturity.

And most of all, I detest and abhor totally people who exploit children.

So, what am I talking about?

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