Chan Chun Sing: Govt has been increasing ‘engagement’ with Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on June 30, 2012
Despite widespread criticisms of the PAP government’s authoritarian style of governance, it has been increasing its ‘engagement’ with the citizenry, said Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing.
In an extensive interview with the state media to boost his national profile, Mr Chan, who was touted by some to be the next Prime Minister acknowledges that the Government is still feeling its way and noted that there is no one-size-fits-all approach.
“While there are detractors who still feel that, in some cases, the Government has already made up its mind before consulting citizens, the key lies in finding a “sweet spot”, where there is agreement that it is at an appropriate stage for consultation,” he added.
Mr Chan also noted that, ironically, any dissatisfaction over the Government’s consultation efforts stems from its desire to constantly pre-empt issues before they snowball into problems.
Using the example of the building of eldercare centers in HDB estates which was met with stiff opposition from residents as an example, Mr Chan said:
“(We) could have avoided these issues politically by not doing anything in the short term. Then, one day, everyone will grow old and, suddenly, there will be a huge clamour for certain services to be provided. When the clamour starts, you will have no political problems, you will have enough political support.”