Govt does not push single 'dominant narrative', says Singapore health minister in rebutting Opposition

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From left: Ms Hazel Poa, Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Leon Perera speaking in Parliament on April 20, 2023. — CNA pix via TODAY

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Friday, 21 Apr 2023 8:51 AM MYT

SINGAPORE, April 21 — It is not true that the Government has tried to push a single “dominant narrative” without regards to alternative proposals put up by the Opposition, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said.

“I think it cannot be true. If not, we would not be having such extensive debates on so many issues in this House,” he said on Thursday (April 20), the fourth day of a debate on President Halimah Yacob's address to Parliament.

Mr Ong also said that every political party “will have its own dominant narrative” based on its manifesto and values.

“PAP (People's Action Party) has it. WP (Workers' Party) has it. It is part and parcel of political contestation.”

Mr Ong added that the Government has “always acknowledged” the concerns raised by various members of the House, including those from the Opposition.

He was responding to Member of Parliament (MP) Leon Perera from WP and Mr Leong Mun Wai, Non-Constituency MP from the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), who spoke on Tuesday about why and how their parties have come up with proposals an...

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