12 Mar '11, 5am

Giving S'poreans a voice vital, says SM Goh

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said giving Singaporeans a stake in the country goes beyond the issue of home ownership. He said it also involves giving the people a voice in and outside Parliament. Mr Goh said that's where channels like REACH, which is the official feedback channel for citizens to air their views and give suggestions on government policies and national issues, come into play. He said when he became deputy prime minister in 1985, he decided to start the feedback unit to foster participatory democracy and consultative government. Mr Goh said he found the process useful. This has now become a two-way process, with ministers taking part in forums with citizens to address the challenges that the country faces. Mr Goh made these comments at the annual Reach Contributors Forum on Saturday.

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