24 Apr 2012, 5.51PM
The Government is not taking a populist approach, but rather a carefully calibrated one in responding to people’s needs. This point was raised by Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at a dialogue organised by the Singapore Press Club yesterday, in response to a question on the Government's approach to engaging citizens. Dr Yaacob said, 'We have not gone down the populist road, but certainly we look at our policies in a very fine manner to see whether we can do better to answer some of the grievances of Singaporeans.'
Dr Yaacob also stressed that the Government is not engaging the people because it is fashionable, but because the mood has shifted, and more Singaporeans want to play a part to co-create policies. He shared that feedback so far has shown that people welcome the move to be given the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions.
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Read the Straits Times’ article “Govt approach 'calibrated, not populist': Yaacob