ESM Goh to kick off 2nd Pioneers of S'pore seminar

ESM Goh (left) will address the questions in conversation with The Straits Times' editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang.
ESM Goh (above) will address the questions in conversation with The Straits Times' editor-at-large Han Fook Kwang.

ST readers can submit questions to him on nation's future before event on Nov 26

You can now ask former prime minister Goh Chok Tong questions on Singapore's future and what it will take to make and keep it bright.

Send your questions to stedbpioneers@sph.com.sg by Friday, Nov 20 .

He will respond to them when he kicks off the second run of The Economic Development Board (EDB) Society's Pioneers of Singapore seminar series on Nov 26 at The Arts House. The Emeritus Senior Minister will address readers' questions in conversation with Mr Han Fook Kwang, The Straits Times' editor-at-large and its former editor.

Mr Han will tap Mr Goh's experience as prime minister for 14 years on what the present generation can learn from it.

The dialogue will also discuss some of the pressing issues of the day, including wage and immigration policies, many of which were shaped when Mr Goh was prime minister.

Mr Han will also moderate the series' five other sessions between Jan 15 and June 24 next year.

These will be dialogues with first- and second-generation shapers of Singapore.

He said: "Singapore needs leaders who have the same pioneering spirit, who dare to think up new ideas that work in Singapore.

"We can learn from the earlier generation by questioning and discussing with them what works and what doesn't, what in the past is relevant today and what isn't."

The upcoming series, billed as Pioneering The Future and organised by The EDB Society and The Straits Times, will feature leaders in various fields such as economics, foreign relations, and urban and manpower development.

Their views may be compiled into a book later.

The first series ran between 2008 and 2009, and featured policy pioneers such as the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew and top public servants J. Y. Pillay and Philip Yeo.

Mr Lee Suan Hiang, who is president of The EDB Society, noted that Singapore is once again experiencing a time of "rapid, discontinuous change" after a period of relative stability.

So, he added, the pioneers' spirit of "daring to dream and daring to do" might once again be key to the Republic's success.

He said: "We may have to, not just perfect the known, but also imperfectly seize the unknown."

In that, he hopes the upcoming dialogues will "make the point that economic development is a multi-dimensional and collective national effort involving many people in the public and private sectors".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2015, with the headline 'ESM Goh to kick off 2nd Pioneers of S'pore seminar'. Print Edition | Subscribe