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Tales of Mr. Tan II – On Conservativity. October 28, 2007

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Mr. Tan, the thinker, observed the usage of the word ‘conservative’ in today’s Singapore. After thinking about it, he noted that certain individuals in society were using being conservative as a reason not to repeal particular laws, especially those pertaining to homosexuality. Mr. Tan noted that these people who were brandishing conservativeness as a banner were politically prominent people, and thus he said: ‘they can’t define what being conservative means. Defining conservativeness means losing a large group of people who don’t know if they are conservative or not. Using the word in such a broad unclear context fulfills the purpose of reaching as many people as possible.’

When asked if Mr. Tan was a conservative, Mr. Tan said, ‘perhaps. I’m waiting for a definition before i know if i am.’

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