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#SGBudget2018: Better Government Communication Needed To Build Knowledge, Trust

Now that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has delivered this year’s Budget, and with the Ministry of Finance (MOF) working to explain the different components of his speech, the brouhaha last month surrounding the MOF’s engagement of young “online micro-influencers” to publicise the Budget appears to be more symptomatic of a deeper malaise: That the government struggles to meaningfully communicate its policies. The communication is a familiar it-is-what-it-is approach, characterised by missed opportunities to explain how policy decisions – when compared against alternatives – were made and to help Singaporeans better understand policymaking, and in the process dispel myths. Continue reading

Drumming Up Youth Interest In #Budget2018? Try These Five Short-Term Strategies

The Ministry of Finance has been criticised for its engagement of “online micro-influencers” to publicise the upcoming Budget. Long-term solutions to the problems of youth lethargy or apathy lie in civic engagement, but with the “micro-influencers” already engaged and with the finance minister due to deliver his Budget speech in a few weeks, five short-term strategies can be considered (potentially for the future too):

1. Reach out to the same “micro-influencers” again, but encourage them to do more beyond the Instagram posts;
2. Don’t overwhelm: Frame the discussion by highlighting key issues;
3. Let young Singaporeans set the agenda, on their economic or financial concerns;
4. Take the first steps towards (the exploration of) participatory budgeting; and
5. Document these exchanges in an interactive fashion. Continue reading

The Budget: Helping Singaporeans With Disabilities, And Assisting Children From Low-Income Households

I thought it would be interesting to focus on some of the other aspects that may not have been as outstanding, but hold equal significance: there are, helping Singaporeans with disabilities, and assisting children from low-income households. Continue reading

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