Parliament: Let's have a Noticeboard Upgrading Programme: Seng Han Thong

SINGAPORE - Singapore has the Lift Upgrading Programme and the Hawker Upgrading Programme. Why not a Noticeboard Upgrading Programme?, asked Mr Seng Han Thong (Ang Mo Kio GRC).

People are not looking at their flats' noticeboards for longer messages, he said in a speech about improving communication between the Government and citizens on Friday.

Instead, more are looking at their smartphone's small screen for shorter ones.

But this does not mean the big screen is not effective. Just look at Suntec City's big screen, he said. "It is colourful and with short, moving messages."

A "Noticeboard Upgrading Programme" in the same vein of electronic screens would help improve communications, and promote constructive politics, he said.

It was not the only suggestion the MP raised.

The silent majority may be silent, but it does not mean they do not need a communication channel of their own, he said.

Not everyone utilises social media or goes to coffeeshops to talk about the latest policies.

He pointed to his constituency's "Conversations in Corridors" as a suggestion. "I have found this one of the humble ways to engage our silent majority," he said.

Messaging should be short and sharp, so that residents can understand policies more easily, he concluded.

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