National dialogue to zoom in on broad themes
Ideas raised so far will be grouped to give sessions more depth, says Lawrence Wong
The national conversation on Singapore's future will soon shift gears, with sessions that zoom in on broad themes taking place as early as next month.
The announcement - made on Saturday by Senior Minister of State (for Education, and for Information, Communications and the Arts) Lawrence Wong - comes amid concerns that the discussions so far have lacked focus.
Speaking to reporters at a session at the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre on Saturday, he said that the ideas raised so far will be grouped into themes for deeper conversations starting next month or in December.
"By organising them in a more thematic fashion, you can have richer and more focused discussions," he said.
WP 'SHOULD RECONSIDER STANCE'
Senior Minister of State Lawrence Wong hopes the Workers' Party (WP) will reconsider its decision to have its leaders sit out the current phase of Our Singapore Conversation.
He said this yesterday when asked about a comment by WP chairman Sylvia Lim.
Ms Lim told The Straits Times on Thursday that the citizen dialogue sessions were "better served without the presence of WP leaders, who would be assumed to represent the party even if invited as individuals".
Said Mr Wong: "She has stated her view, and I would just like to reiterate what I said earlier that what we are doing here is really having a conversation...
"No one has a monopoly of wisdom, everyone comes in as an individual, contributing his view and every view is important because every view matters... I would certainly encourage the Workers' Party to reconsider their position and consider whether they will participate in this process as well."
Ms Lim was one of three opposition politicians who were invited to the first official session last weekend. WP's MP for Hougang Png Eng Huat and National Solidarity Party secretary-general Hazel Poa were invited too. None attended, but Ms Poa intends to go next month.
Goh Chin Lian