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Lazy Surveys On Alcohol Restrictions

The REACH finding that four in five Singaporeans supported the proposed Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Bill was met with scepticism – for good reason. This telephone poll conducted by the government’s feedback agency in January 2015 came after two public consultation exercises conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) between October 2013 and August 2014 for “a review of liquor control measures”. This piece may be late to the party, but the lazy methodologies of these exercises are no less damning. Continue reading

Legitimising Petitions

Activists constantly jostle for public space, and the online petition is one of many tools. It gives visibility and credibility. With nothing to fill the void left by the Our Singapore Conversation, and the apprehension towards street protests – Hong Lim Park notwithstanding – it comes as no surprise that online petitions has complemented the traditional approaches of mailing (and emailing) parliamentarians or decision-makers. By using a central platform to legitimise petitions which have attained a number of signatures, the government can not only engage more people in conversations, but also tailor and tinker national policies. Continue reading

A Tale Of Two Singapore Conversations On Education

Unfortunately, I think the two biggest criticisms I have are: first, there was a consistent rehash of themes that have been highlighted before, and too little time to entertain multiple viewpoints (we had the people, but not the time); second, participants do not go away with a clear idea of how the OSC will pan out after the present phase. Continue reading

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