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At his speech at the government feedback platform REACH, Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong now admits that his ruling party PAP government need to work harder to connect with “these people” to have a discussion:

“How do we then get the views of these people (who support the opposition) … have a discussion and forge a consensus to move forward?”

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Screenshot from Youtube

ESM Goh Chok Tong added that it is now not enough to have an one-way monologue by his Government, and that this time round it is going to be two-way:

“It’s going to be a two-way channel of conversation…and the Government needs to spend time explaining policies so Singaporeans can understand both the positive and negative effects.

The Government cannot walk away from the people, and the people cannot walk away from the Government. Both are together in this”

This contrasts greatly with the previous approach where, in 2012, Minister Lim Swee Say called Opposition supporters “vocal minority”:

“The silent majority, not that they don’t have any views, but… they’re less pro-active, less visible in expressing their views. That’s why we feel it’s very important… for our conversation to be truly inclusive. It should not just be a voice for the vocal minority, but it must also reflect the views of the silent majority,”

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Photo of Lim Swee Say from thestraitstimes

In one Parliamentary speech, Minister Lim Swee Say also akin himself to a “deaf frog”:

“We never give up. We are like the little frog. We are deaf to all these criticisms”