PAP leaders to ‘engage’ Singaporeans on future of the nation
Posted by temasektimes on August 9, 2012
In a statement issued to the press, Mr Heng described the initiative as a ‘national conversation’ to ‘foster a shared understanding of the country’s challenges and opportunities, hopes and aspirations.’
“That’s why a broader process, a broader consultation process, a broader conversation on where Singapore should be in the future should be the starting point, and not just the specific tweaks to particular policies,” the minister said at a community event.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier said in his National Day speech that his government would keep “Singaporeans at the heart of all we do” and would engage citizens in the review in order to build a broad consensus going forward.
Though Singapore is a ‘parliamentary democracy’ in name, there are no channels for Singaporeans to express their unhappiness and displeasure at government policies as all 87 seats in parliament are controlled by the ruling party and its subsidiary party masquerading as an ‘opposition’.