Encouraging 'constructive grousing'

Following the results of the recent general election, the Government has been calling for everyone to cross political divides, close ranks and unite in nation building ("Close ranks and unite after GE: Ministers"; Sept 14).

One of the simplest ways to make this notion tangible is simply to bring the grouses we have against government policies to light through proper feedback channels.

In the past four years, the Government has shown that it has listened to the people and responded through policy changes. The electorate rewarded the ruling party with its votes.

As citizens, we can continue to let this mechanism work better for us. The Government must continue to grow comprehensive and effective networks of feedback channels to solicit both positive and negative views from the ground.

It is time for us to make our grouses constructive by allowing them to be heard through the right feedback channels and to be acted upon by the right agencies that can deal with them responsively and holistically.

The Government must continue to grow comprehensive and effective networks of feedback channels to solicit both positive and negative views from the ground.

Moving on from the election, it is now time to start making our lives better through a constructive partnership between the Government and the people.

Steve Chiu Shih Tung

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline 'Encouraging 'constructive grousing''. Print Edition | Subscribe