Edwin and Pritam have shared interests to keep the hearing a non-contentious affair.
After the verbal sparring in the first hearing, I was worried that I would have to nurse another headache while listening to this.
But this hearing was not like the first. It was short and clear, and both parties made their points clearly through the questions and answers.
Edwin has much to gain by keeping this civil. He had more time to deliver clearly pointed question, without the opportunity for Pritam to turn it into a dirty verbal slugfest and avoid answering.
The current version of events recounted by Pritam is already damaging enough to WP. Politically, Edwin has more to gain by keeping quiet and letting Pritam dig his own grave and account for multiple failures in full view of Singaporeans.
Similarly for Pritam, not coming across as evasive/defensive is a better look for him. In this hearing, he could better articulate his defence, justify his actions and show his compassion as a leader for Singaporeans who have yet to form an opinion of the matter.
It takes two hands to clap. I'm glad both parties are able to keep this hearing more civil than the first.