Chan Chun Sing: Explaining government policies is like eating pizzas
Posted by temasektimes on May 6, 2012
Since the divisive General Election last year, the PAP government has promised to ‘transform’ itself by being more ‘responsive’ to the concerns of Singaporeans and engaging them through a wider range of platforms such as social media.
Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing has been holding monthly sessions with residents to discuss government policies at the Buona Vista CC.
Mr Chan just conducted a session on “Population, Babies and Quality of Life” last night.
In an interview with Channel News Asia, Mr Chan compared the onerous task of explaining government policies to Singaporeans as akin to eating a pizza:
“If I may use an analogy from eating a pizza, recently you find a new generation of pizza shops that’s quite interesting. You go in there, you want to try out different things, you tell the chefs, they can prepare it differently for you,” Mr Chan said.
He added that Singaporeans are no longer just satisfied with having good solutions from the government:
“That probably reflects the way which our society is evolving. I think people are not just happy to have solutions, even if they are good solutions presented to them, they want to know how this solution is developed, what were the considerations behind the development of this solution.”
A former Major-General in the Singapore Armed Forces before he was invited to contest in the election by the PAP, Mr Chan entered the Parliament last year by virtue of a walkover in Tanjong Pagar GRC. After one year, he is still the ‘Acting’ Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Watch his interview with CNA below: