Lim Swee Say asks Singaporeans to take ownership of the future instead of blaming govt all the time
Posted by temasektimes on August 28, 2012
Though the PAP government has been the one charting Singapore’s future since independence, it now wants Singaporeans to take shared ‘ownership’ in an attempt to share the ‘blame’ for recent policy failures.
Speaking to the Labor Movement in a National Day Observance Ceremony on Monday, Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Labor Chief Lim Swee Say said the “biggest challenge now is ensuring that Singaporeans take shared ownership of the country’s future. He called for a consensus to forge new success areas for Singapore in the two decades, including having a more gracious and inclusive society.”
“Shaping the country’s future involves everyone and the next chapter of the Singapore story does not belong to the government alone. Instead of spending time pointing fingers and blaming each other, I think we should all play our part, take action to create and re-create, to make sure that this new Singapore will be something we can all be proud of,” Mr Lim said.
While recognizing the rise of domestic ‘tensions’ between native Singaporeans and foreigners, Mr Lim is adamant that foreign workers may an important role in ‘supplementing’ the labor force.
“A better Singapore would mean a nation where both locals and non-locals understand the need for each other….having foreign manpower supplement the labour force reflects the country’s success, where there is a shortage of workers because jobs outnumber the local workforce,” he added.