29 May '14, 10am

Parliament: NMP Janice Koh urges Govt to "unlearn instincts of wanting to draw more OB markers"

Parliament: NMP Janice Koh urges Govt to "unlearn instincts of wanting to draw more OB markers"

SINGAPORE - The Government should unlearn its instincts of wanting to draw more boundaries for civic discourse, urged arts Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh on Thursday. Instead, it should grow the space for public debate and facilitate a civic discourse, which will strengthen Singapore's social cohesion in the long term. "The Government will have to unlearn those instincts of wanting to draw more OB markers, and learn new ones that emphasise dialogue and engagement," said Ms Koh in Parliament. This would be a break from its tendency during Singapore's first 50 years as a nation "to discourage the discussion of sensitive issues". During this time, the Government's strategy was to avoid conflict by "keeping the polar groups away from each other, or keeping the government's critics from poking their noses into the policy arena", she said. But avoiding sensitive topic...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/parliaments-new...

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