Respect, willingness to listen key between Govt, civil society

This is future of governance here, enshrined in Singapore Together, says Desmond Lee

Minister for National Development Desmond Lee acknowledged that at the governmental level, the willingness to engage is still a work-in-progress.
Minister for National Development Desmond Lee acknowledged that at the governmental level, the willingness to engage is still a work-in-progress.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Constructive engagement on policy issues between the Government and civil society requires both parties to have a mutual respect for and willingness to listen to each other, said Minister for National Development Desmond Lee.

"This is the future of governance in Singapore," said Mr Lee in an interview with The Straits Times last week. "It is enshrined in Singapore Together. It is a commitment going forward to engage."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2020, with the headline 'Respect, willingness to listen key between Govt, civil society'. Subscribe