Tan Chuan Jin: Respect the ‘space’ of those who have not been ‘engaged’
Posted by temasektimes on September 24, 2012
Acting Manpower Minister has responded to public criticisms of the ‘National Conversation’ by asking critics to ‘respect’ the space of those who have not been engaged, and to let this group “discuss and speak”.
The ‘National Conversation’ has involved only a group of carefully screened and selected Singaporeans so far and certain sensitive issues were not brought up and discussed openly, leading many skeptics to decry it as another ‘wayang’.
However, Mr Tan, who is also part of the committee facilitating the conversation, noted the different reactions among Singaporeans over the process.
He urged Singaporeans to keep an open mind as the country engages in a national conversation about its future, noting that some Singaporeans may have taken part in previous reviews but many others have not.
Despite the extensive publicity given to the ‘National Conversation’ by the state media, the response from the ground has been lukewarm so far.