Facts, falsehoods, feedback - Janil Puthucheary has firm grasp of them all

Senior Minister of State for Transport and Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary is happiest when talking about his work at MCI and what the ministry has in store for the year ahead - digital readiness blueprints for the Government, the ec
Senior Minister of State for Transport and Communications and Information Janil Puthucheary is happiest when talking about his work at MCI and what the ministry has in store for the year ahead - digital readiness blueprints for the Government, the economy and society as a whole.PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Dr Janil, who was then Senior Minister of State for Education, at the opening question-and-answer session of the third edition of the OnePeople.sg Model United Nations conference held at National Junior College in June last year. Dr Janil, who is an
Dr Janil, who is an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, on a Punggol LRT train in December 2016 with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and then Second Minister for Transport Ng Chee Meng. ST FILE PHOTO
Dr Janil, who was then Senior Minister of State for Education, at the opening question-and-answer session of the third edition of the OnePeople.sg Model United Nations conference held at National Junior College in June last year. Dr Janil, who is an
Dr Janil, who was then Senior Minister of State for Education, at the opening question-and-answer session of the third edition of the OnePeople.sg Model United Nations conference held at National Junior College in June last year. ST FILE PHOTO

Singapore recently saw a major Cabinet reshuffle, during which fourth-generation ministers stepped up to key positions. These younger leaders will also feature prominently in the new Parliament session, which opens today. In the third of a series of interviews, The Straits Times speaks to Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Transport Janil Puthucheary. Increasing complexity of engaging with the public in an era of social media is an issue that is core to his work at MCI

In the weeks after historian Thum Ping Tjin was questioned for six hours over his research into Operation Coldstore, there were some rumblings on social media that the Government had gone too far during the parliamentary committee hearing on fake news.

Concerned, Dr Janil Puthucheary went down to the ground to ask people: Did they really feel that way?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 07, 2018, with the headline 'Facts, falsehoods, feedback - Janil has firm grasp of them all'. Print Edition | Subscribe