Lawrence Wong: Singaporeans want a kinder and more gracious society
Posted by temasektimes on October 21, 2012
Singaporeans want a kinder and a more gracious society, said Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lawrence Wong, having attended several dialogue sessions of Our Singapore ‘Conversation’ so far.
The initiative was launched last month by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to ‘engage’ Singaporeans and is now gaining traction among the youth.
About 60 of them, mostly university, polytechnic and ITE students – participated in the Social Narratives, a series of youth engagement dialogues that is part of the national conversation.
Speaking to queries from the state media after gracing the event, Mr Wong commended the ideas mooted by young Singaporeans to make Singapore a better place to live in and urge them to materialize their ideas.
Mr Wong commended the ideas, and urged the youths to materialise their ideas.
He also noted that many Singaporeans are talking about the kind of values they would like to have for the future.
“In all the conversations I’ve attended, the issue of values comes out quite a lot…Many Singaporeans do talk about them, desiring to have a society that’s anchored by values… people (want) a kinder (and) a more gracious society.”
Unlike other democratic countries, there is no real opposition in parliament to check on the ruling party, making the ‘Singapore Conversation’ important as a sort of feedback channel for the government.