21 Oct '12, 7am

#Singapore launches "national conversation" with citizens - public relations ploy or genuine dialogue?

#Singapore launches "national conversation" with citizens - public relations ploy or genuine dialogue?

I must say that my experience of the SG Conversation opened my eyes to other Singaporeans. For one, I didn't realize that the elderly in Singapore felt such a sense of dispossession and rejection until one elderly gentleman from my group said his piece. For another, I had had the wrong assumption that harmonious race relations are so much a part of us that we don't need to work at it. It was a Malay lady doctor who in her impassioned speech convinced me that race relations can cause today, as much rawness as in the 1960s. So yes… I think if, as explained by Mr Tan, the aim of the SG Conversation is to teach each of us some truths about our own country, then it did achieve that aim with me.

Full article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/10/21/will-national-co...

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