PM Lee: ‘National Conversation’ is about managing expectations
Posted by temasektimes on September 10, 2012
Speaking to queries from the state media, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said ‘the key challenge for the national conversation on Singapore’s future will be that of managing expectations’ which will be different from the government’s previous attempts at ‘engaging’ Singaporeans:
“The last one was Remaking Singapore, which was 10 years ago. I think our situation has changed, our society has changed (since then). In the “Our Singapore Conversation”, we look at our problems afresh in a new situation, with a new generation, with a new perspective,” he added.
Responding to criticisms that the issues have been aired before and there is nothing more to discuss, PM Lee said:
“You cannot say, I’ve had a discussion before, there is nothing new to discuss. I think that is not the way the world is.”
The national conversation is led by a 26-member committee, comprising a mix of Cabinet ministers, academics and ordinary Singaporeans like students and a taxi driver.