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Actively engage and promote constructive politics among Singaporeans: Seng Han Thong

Interact with interest groups and the "silent majority" with short, sharp messages aimed at sharing information to foster good ideas, says the Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC.

SINGAPORE: With the emergence of new media platforms, the challenge for Singapore is to maintain and promote constructive politics on all platforms, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr Seng Han Thong said.

Debating on the President's speech in Parliament on Friday (May 30),Mr Seng said these platforms include traditional and new media, in all languages.

To actively maintain and promote constructive politics, the Government could share more information with citizens especially the vested interest groups before formulating long-term policies affecting their livelihood or lifestyle, he suggested.

Such conversations with the various groups "should not be top-down", but one where all can talk and discuss with good ideas, he added.

Coffee shops and new media are other areas for constructive politics, if participants are well-informed and the Government has an overall strategy to engage them with short and sharp messages and adequate information sharing, Mr Seng said.

In his Ang Mo Kio constituency, for example, the MP said they have organised "Conversation @ Corridor" sessions to engage the "silent majority". "They are silent but this does not mean that they do not need a platform for constructive politics," he stated. 

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