Heng Swee Keat urges Singaporeans to share and listen with “open minds & hearts”
Posted by temasektimes on September 4, 2012
In a posting on a government-run Facebook page last night, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat called on Singaporeans to share and listen to one another’s dreams and aspirations with ‘open minds and hearts’.
Mr Heng has been ordered by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to lead a team of younger ministers to ‘engage’ Singaporeans in a ‘national conversation’ about Singapore’s future direction, which has been dismissed by some as another ‘wayang kulit’.
Despite the skepticism, Mr Heng said he is ‘heartened’ by the many conversations that are going on about the national conversation and follows them with great interest.
“Singapore has the means to shape and create our future. And the national conversation is the first step. This is a valuable opportunity for Singaporeans to come together and ask what matters most, where we want to go as a country, as a people, and how we can do this together,” he said.
Mr Heng added that the national conversation will be as ‘inclusive’ as possible and Singaporeans from all walks of life will be ‘engaged’ through multiple channels including dialogue sessions and social media.