13 Aug 2012, 3.30PM
Original thread created on 10 Aug 2012, 2:17 PM
A committee of younger ministers, led by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, has been tasked to engage Singaporeans in a 'national conversation' that will take a fresh look at Singapore’s approaches and policies to prepare Singapore for future challenges.
In a press statement recently, Minister Heng said, “However, before getting into the specifics of policies, we should have a broader conversation about ourselves: What do we want our country, Singapore, to be in 2030? What are our ideals? What principles should underpin our public policies and what values should guide us as a people? What attributes will enable us to attain our ideals?"
Channel NewsAsia reported Minister Heng as saying that his team would engage Singaporeans, through different platforms. More details on the 'national conversation' will be provided in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile Senior Minister of State for Education Lawrence Wong said, “Certainly when we look at policies, there should not be OB markers or sacred cows. We are prepared to look at a broad range of policies, depending on what's important to Singaporeans". The Straits Times today reported that like Mr Heng, Mr Wong also stressed the need to get Singaporeans to talk about what values they find important and what they would like the nation to be in the future.
"That conversation needs to start first so we have at least some general consensus around where we would like Singapore to go, then we can talk about policies", Mr Wong added.
What are your views on this 'national conversation' initiative? How can we be part of this conversation about your concerns, hopes and aspirations?
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Updated on 13 Aug 2012
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong urged Singaporeans to contribute their views on what they want for Singapore, "whatever their age or views", by speaking to MPs and ministers either through dialogues or in writing. He was speaking at a National Day Dinner in his Marine Parade constituency on Saturday.
Welcoming the set-up of a new ministerial committee led by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat to conduct a broad-based review of the Government's policies and direction, Mr Goh said that this would be part of a national effort to build consensus on the country's future as called for by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
He added that the Government has good policies to address key concerns like public transport and immigration, but it needs to "connect the dots" so people can see that its policies are "part of a larger, holistic vision to look after them and improve their lives".
To achieve this, Mr Goh said that there has to be a "two-way conversation" between Singaporeans and the Government so that a consensus on Singapore's challenges and future can be built.
What are your views on this? How can we further our engagement efforts to develop a better understanding of policy issues and build a consensus on Singapore’s challenges and future? Share your thoughts with us!