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60 Singaporeans kick off 1st Citizen Dialogue

Published on Oct 13, 2012 2:44 PM
The first Citizen Dialogue Session, held at the National Library. Minister Heng Swee Keat and Tan Chuan-Jin were present.__ ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The first citizen dialogue of the Singapore Conversation kicked off on Saturday morning at the National Library on Victoria Street.

In a room overlooking the Marina Bay skyline, 60 participants - from taxi drivers to top lawyers, business owners to social activists - huddled in six small groups to think up the Singapore they hope to see in a decade.

There was an informal vibe to the loosely structured four-hour session, designed to allow a free-flowing exchange between the participants.

This even as Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, hovered around listening in, most of the time barely noticed by the participants who were in the midst of intense discussions among themselves.

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