I refer to the attached article from ST Online.
The new trend as noted towards more active citizentry is very encouraging. It is the start of CHANGE.
However, as noted by the survey, "when it comes to actually making their views known on public policy issues to the Government, only a minority will actually step up to the plate"; hopefully this will be overcome.
It is also the objective of this blog to encourage greater citizenry and more to make their views known on public policy issues to the Government so as to eradiacte the LEVIATHAN mindset.
Re-posrted From ST Online
Aug 2, 2010
By Melissa Kok
A NEW study has found that more Singaporeans want a greater say when it comes to political participation and policy-making, compared to 12 years ago.
Yet, when it comes to actually making their views known on public policy issues to the Government, only a minority will actually step up to the plate.
Findings from a survey conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) last year showed that there was an increased demand for political participation and involvement when compared to the same study done in 1998.
Law lecturer Eugene Tan of Singapore Management University (SMU), noting that this trend pointed to more active citizenry, said the findings suggest that Singaporeans increasingly expect to be consulted on major policy matters.
'It means that the 'we-know-more-than-thou' approach in policy-making is out of sync with the aspirations of Singaporeans. Singaporeans want to be 'talked with' not 'talked to' by the Government,' he explained.
The survey involved face-to-face interviews with 2,016 Singapore citizens aged between 21 and 64 years, among whom 12 per cent were new citizens.