Singapore’s national conversation
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said
in Singapore’s new phase of development,
there was a need to renew itself continually,
and when necessary, reinvent itself boldly.
The authoritative former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew
had little use for public opinion when he was in power,
preferring to set his own agenda.
Now a year after he quit active politics,
his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has indicated
that he wants to move away from his non-consultative phase,
at least for the moment.
Singaporeans who are not used to being consulted by the government
have reacted with some cynicism.
Some, however, gave Hsien Loong high marks for effort.
“We are facing a crucial turning point of our country’s history.
I think every citizen should try to play a serious part,”
was their consensus.