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Our Singapore Government: Do We Expect Too Much?

This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).

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These screenshots were taken from the REACHSingapore Facebook page.

1. Comments like these (above) are not uncommon (on different woes, of course).

2. Critics may be quick to dismiss these as petty, non-constructive complaints (that is, noise), which do little to advance dialogues in Singapore. I disagree.

3. Take the aforementioned concerns over road safety, design, and traffic policies for instance. These on-the-ground observations may signal the need for authorities to pay attention to the problems, especially if the issues are recurrent, or echoed by many.

4. However, my gripe is that some of these posts are underlined by some assumptions, that: first, circumstances or policies (particularly infrastructure) can – and should – change instantaneously; second, the proposed recommendation must be the best recourse; and third, the absence of a reply or actual change necessarily reflects incompetence or arrogance on the part of the administration.

5. The problems may present regular inconveniences, but I believe it would be great if we exercised greater patience and understanding. We might insist upon change, but we are not always right.

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