Constructive ideas from the people make for a better S'pore

To make Singapore a far better place, we must actively encourage constructive opinions and suggestions.

I am in agreement with the points raised by Mr Dillon Lim in his letter (Singaporeans mustn't be afraid to voice opinions; Feb 22).

Singapore, like many other countries in the world, faces huge challenges, and it is impossible for the Government to resolve every problem.

The ordinary man in the street who mingles in the community can see things much more clearly, and with the right attitude and mindset, will be in a good position to churn out useful suggestions and ideas that can help the Government to make Singapore the best home to live in.

While there will always be people who criticise everything and anything, there are also citizens who have a burning desire to improve the lives of all Singaporeans, especially the less well-off.

When constructive ideas are used by the government of the day, our nation can take on the toughest challenges.

Clearly, the recent Budget announced by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has taken into account useful feedback from ordinary Singaporeans, and it is heartening to note that some of these opinions have come through several Forum letter writers.

Let us rally around the Government and all Singaporeans to build a far better Singapore, and not be discouraged by people who do not believe in active citizenry, bearing in mind what the late Martin Luther King once said: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Raymond Anthony Fernando

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'Constructive ideas from the people make for a better S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe