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“I would want to form an alternative policies group in Parliament, comprising 20 PAP MPs. These 20 PAP MPs will be free to vote in accordance with what they think of a particular policy. In other words, the whip for them will be lifted. This is not playing politics, this is something which I think is worthwhile doing.”
– PM Goh Chok Tong, Straits Times, Nov 3, 2001
“If you sing Jailhouse Rock with your electric guitar when others are playing Beethoven, you are out of order. The whip must be used on you.”
– PM Goh Chok Tong in report “Not in people’s interest to lift whip”, Straits Times, Apr 6, 2002