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PAP leaders to ‘engage’ Singaporeans on future of the nation

Posted by temasektimes on August 9, 2012

A team of young ministers will be formed to ‘engage’ Singaporeans through various platforms on the ‘future’ of the nation, said Education Minister Heng Swee Kiat.

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’.



35 Responses to “PAP leaders to ‘engage’ Singaporeans on future of the nation”

  1. cc chia said

    Alamak, why need to “engage us”, leh? All the PAP needs to do is to listen to us more, instead of trying to tell us what to do all the time. Just remember that it is us who pay you, so shouldn’t “he who pays the piper calls the tune” apply in this case?

  2. Populist said

    “Though Singapore is a ‘parliamentary democracy’ in name, there are no channels for Singaporeans to express their unhappiness and displeasure at government policies.”

    I do not agreed. You could express your unhappiness using your blog or facebook. You could also protest at the Hong Lim park. The freedom of speech or hatred could be seen from the mountain of shit been stirred at the social media. People also throw stone freely at the Government. Chee Soon Juan had once go on a hunger strike. Perhaps the writer could also take one step further by committing suicide at Hong Lim park to stir the sentiment of hatred further.

  3. kaypoh said

    All talkcock singsong wayang oni

  4. Robox said

    “…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,” [Heng Swee Kiat] said at a community event.”

    Should we see this comment as the PAP’s rejection of the WP’s perennial ‘opposition to the PAP’ as all about merely a tweaking of the PAP’s policies?

    Is the PAP finally realizing and acknowledging that the non-WP opposition – the SDP, and to a much lesser extent the RP – the ones who are making the substantive difference in the Singapore of today?

  5. NaBey said

    NaBay! I also can be PM! Future? Very easy, bring more immigrant, chop down all the trees build house, implement COE for HDB, build more casinos. Sure can!

    • Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

      Who you and become Prime Ministet? Who will in their right mind vote for you as PM? Your command of English language is so bad you need a massive overhaul first in how to communicate effectively. Not in the manner you have demonstrated. Have a great day ahead.

      • Ng said

        Lol. Well said.

      • yong choon kiat said

        Tink u should improve ur eng as well. “Who you” n “Minister”???? If tin peiling can b MP y can’t any1 else????

      • Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

        Yong Choon Kiat, there are severe flaws in your spoken English and something needs to be done about it! I am not a political leader or MP and for your information do not support everything the ruling government says. I do however support the present ruling government as they have been fully tested in bringing us out from the bad times. They will do likewise in the future. You, young man, kindly stop of even dreaming to becomming a PM or for that matter, an MP. We will be ruined here!

    • Hwee said

      If you really become PM, then we really can say bye bye to Singapore future

    • Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

      And yes Nabey, I have 2 words for you idiot:-
      CHOW CHEEBAI! I am not “Ah Nair”! Bring the bananas down yourself from the tree and shove it up one at a time, own time own target up your arse!

  6. Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

    I sure don’t know about the ruling young ministers. The Honorable PM, I still have faith in with his National Day message. As long as he maintains the ruling government would keep “Singaporeans at the heart of all we do”, I do believe he is sincere about this and has us Singaporeans in mind. We the Citizen of Singapore have not been forgotten or overlooked by the key man in Government, the PM himself, Mr Lee Hsien Loong. So cheer up and lets celebrate on this happy National Day note.

  7. Wake up your idea said

    And you are PAP’s mouthpiece, coming up with articles praising Desmond Choo and other PAP MPs.

    • Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

      PAP’s mouthpiece? No, never thought I was that, but if you want to grade me as one, I will happily take it. So what more have you got install for me dude? I am waiting.

      • Wake up your idea said

        I not talking about you, Dr Ken. Talking about Temasek Times as PAP mouthpiece. Please open your eyes wide and read carefully, dude!

    • Dr Ken MANSUKHANI said

      Sorry buddy.i have been surrounded by some idiots here who think they are PM quality and can run this country. My apologies for thinking you were aiming at me. Have a good day dude!

  8. fpc said

    mr. Brown has switched camp.

  9. Ron said

    Singaporeans need the statistics:

    – Data on PR applications pending, awarded and breakdown on approval duration, salary ranges, etc.
    – Data on country of origins and PRs by employer categories and government ministeries / statutory boards
    – Max, Min, Mean of PR salaries, by country of origins, job categories vs Singaporeans (local born and naturalized).

    – Data of PR senior managers and number of FTs under their supervision.

    The recurring complaints are that FTs who come in bring in their own nationals at the expense of Singaporeans. And well-qualified Singaporeans have to become taxi drivers or remain jobless. Is there not a channel for such people to relate their miseries so that a comprehensive database can be established?

    The ruling party needs to urgently gather and publish facts otherwise the electorate will think they are not serving the citizens and that will have repercussions in the next GE.

  10. ken said

    overpaid Pap is clueless, wtf…. we don’t need scholars or elites to rule the country.we need people with common sense. even TPL can be a MP …stomp my feet..i duno what to say….

  11. HowManyFlagsAreFlying said

    And the rules of engagement?
    Find out who is not happy with PAP (Party Against People).
    Convert (fool) them if you can… shoot (ISD) them if you can’t.
    Brainwash the young ones so that they will be enslaved to obey.
    Sent all the old citizens over to Malaysia (JB) for retirement (exile).

  12. Tan Yan Ren said

    Lets be fair.NOT ONLY am I disgusted with the many policies of the PAP but also the opposition party…especially the WP.I am disappointed that these guys get elected to Parliament and since then,,,,,LOOKING PRETTY and TIMID….MOST of them…including the ruling party MPs….Thats NOT what i want to see …i speak for myself…they SHOULD and MUST contribute in debates AND BE-ENGAGED in ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE FORMULATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF better OR modified OR adjusted POLICIES FOR THE bETTERMENT OF THE cOUNTRY…IN THIS CASE THE c…CK s…KING nEWSPAPERS MUST BE bATTERED AND UNLEASHED to assist the whole process of change for the better BY NOT taking sides AND REPORTING WHAT THE RULING ELITE WANTS TO DISSEMINATE!!!! Maybe the WP already did in Parliament but we are kept in the DARK by the press and the ruling elite…maybe.!!!I pray for more Transparency unless the Ruling elite is NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH to do so….Take up the challenge Make our votes count or at least the DAFT 60%Daft votes count and REPAID iN FULL!!!!!..mAJULAH sINGAPURA!!!!

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