The Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee and the Bar Council National Young Lawyers and Pupils Committee are co-organising a forum to discuss the importance of having a strong Opposition in order to build a vibrant democracy. As Lord Acton observed, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is in the nature of human beings to become complacent if not checked. We therefore need an effective Opposition in Parliament, to ensure that members of the Executive are made accountable to the people for all decisions they make. The nation has seen a change of government for the first time since its inception. A powerful Opposition was a key factor leading to this change. However, the then-Opposition was also oppressed in many ways. The public is watching the various developments with regard to the current Opposition, and to see how this Opposition will function, and be treated.