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Don’t allow foul language in Parliament

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This use of foul, four-letter words in Parliament must be condemned severely, says JD Lovrenciear.

Last month, we heard of the universally unacceptable four-letter word flying across Parliament. And all seems to have ended well with a mere “I retract” by the MP.

What kind of elected representatives do we have? What values are we sowing for the future of this nation? Are we saying that profanities and obscenities freely traded within the immunity provided by Parliament is fine?

No matter how angry or frustrated an MP can be, it is his or her moral and categorical duty to argue, convince the house and stand tall with admiration from both sides of the divide. When MPs fail – with some even being celebrated as no-holds-barred loose cannons – it gives citizens a hopeless feeling.

This outburst of foul, four-letter words must be condemned severely. Or else, we allow shame and disrespect to destroy this country.

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Richard Ng Ting Woong
17 Sep 2018 4.52pm

Parliament by itself should set a good example ,but instead it’s the opposite. The speaker must down the rules n before it.

Frank Tan
17 Sep 2018 11.18am

Love our country and debate with open mind and love. Narrow minded and closed minded politician is not a matured politician. Love binds life Hate destroys life destroy our country. We need more spiritual leaders rather than religious leaders. Hopefully our religious leaders can be more spiritual.

Sea Tea Oon
17 Sep 2018 11.21am

Learn fr Singapore parliament. Professionally conducted & respected. 61 years Msia still so uncivilised.

Yvonne Yuen
17 Sep 2018 11.14am

Should also include obscene hand gestures

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