20 Oct '11, 1am

Government should not try to have the 'last word in every debate', Tampines MP Baey Yam Keng tells House

Government should not try to have the 'last word in every debate', Tampines MP Baey Yam Keng tells House

Mr Baey observed that there seemed to be 'a degree of reservation and apprehension among government agencies' towards new media. By Janice Heng In the vast world of online debate, the Government need not always have the last word. Nor should it just stick to its own platforms, Mr Baey Yam Keng (Tampines GRC) told the House on Wednesday. Mr Baey observed that there seemed to be 'a degree of reservation and apprehension among government agencies' towards new media. But forms of media are neutral. It is up to the Government to adapt and leverage on social media, he said. Background story BEYOND JUST ONE COCKTAIL PARTY 'As a member of the Reach supervisory panel, I do know that Reach has done a lot in reaching out to the public in the digital media, via Facebook, Twitter, webchats, forums, et cetera. The Government can choose to stay put at its own cocktail party. However, why...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/Parliament/Story/STIStory_725...

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