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Manpower Minister kicks off new #AskMe series

Singaporeans posed a host of questions online to Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Tuesday as government feedback unit REACH hosted the first in a new series of Facebook chats called #AskMe.

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans posed a host of questions online to Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin on Tuesday as government feedback unit REACH hosted the first in a new series of Facebook chats called #AskMe.

REACH said the chats are a new online initiative to promote greater interaction between the public, especially the online community, and the Government.

Mr Tan was joined by NTUC assistant secretary general Patrick Tay during the live chat.

The chat focused on three areas: the aspirations of young Singaporeans; fair employment; and support for older workers. 

Questions came thick and fast, and many had to do with overtime pay, work life balance, and even upgrading.

A fair amount of time was spent on the CPF, and where appropriate, Mr Tan directed those queries to a blog post of his from last week, where he explained the system.

"Chat forums like this, you don't always go into a lot of details, but they are also primers that allow you to open up new areas of interest that people might be keen to follow up on," said Mr Tan. "Our focus group efforts have been particularly useful. 

"We have a lot of Singaporeans who do come up with very concrete and very detailed suggestions."

And he added the Government would have to sift through the multiple views and make sense of the suggestions to see which would have an impact on policy. 

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