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Stop calling those who speak up a 'vocal minority'

Labelling people into opposing groups of 'vocal minority​' and 'silent majority' is not helpful for public engagement.

ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

Government leaders in Singapore receive a lot of advice and feedback from diverse individuals and groups, both publicly and behind closed doors. Not surprisingly, there are different opinions on how appropriate leaders' reactions are and how effective their responses may be.

For several years now, there have been calls for government leaders to see things from the people's perspectives. Commentators and activists have often asked the Government to be able and willing to listen to alternative viewpoints and consider them seriously.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Stop calling those who speak up a 'vocal minority''. Subscribe