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Promoting Civic Mindedness — side thoughts after pending departure of MM Lee & SM Goh. May 15, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in Singapore.
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Following posts and comments on Facebook, and there are thousands who have posted their thoughts about the past election. Some are voicing their views about the pending departure of both MM Lee Kuan Yew and SM Goh Chok Tong.  The maturity of thought is evident. Most do not favour either of them to leave the Cabinet as mentors. They may have some views that do not tally with everyone, but what is of common knowledge is that they often give insights of issues that could be otherwise be missed by others — especially MM Lee’s, whose views are usually highly respected globally despite his usual iron fisted karate-chop.

I often  feel that we should look at the individual politician’s calibre and capabilities that will value-add to our society, regardless if they are from the ruling party or the opposition. Having said that, I also feel that some outstanding individuals should be allowed into parliament apart from the NCMPs (Non-Constituency Members of Parliament) to promote politics in a civil society. There are many outstanding educators, businessmen, engineers et cetra who may not like to be in the shoes of a politician but are civic minded to show their concern in mainstream social economic issues.  These people should be taken note of and be allowed to voice their views from time to time in parliament.  It will certainly make the Singapore parliament a more vibrant, intellectual and productive place of social interaction . — Karen Fu