ESM Goh asks Singaporeans to ‘contribute’ their views on what they want for Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on August 12, 2012
Singaporeans should contribute their views on what they want for Singapore as part of a ‘national effort’ to build ‘consensus’ on the country’s future, proclaimed Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.
Speaking at a National Day Dinner in his Marine Parade constituency on Saturday evening, ESM Goh said arriving at a consensus on the way forward is important in order to build a good home for Singaporeans, stressing that it should not be a ‘top-down’ exercise, which is the usual modus operandi adopted by the ruling party.
“It should be a two-way conversation. It should be a dialogue not a monologue. Singaporeans, whatever their age and views, have a stake in this conversation to forge a national consensus on our collective future.”
Despite the numerous ‘feedback’ portals made available to Singaporeans such as the REACH channel, the ruling PAP seldom take into consideration of the views of citizens due to their overwhelming majority in parliament.
The PAP holds 81 seats out of 87 seats in parliament while the remaining six are held by its subservient subsidiary party which does nothing to challenge its hegemony other than to offers a veneer of legitimacy to its autocratic rule.