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Avoiding trade-offs in the 'Singapore Together' movement

 Singapore, June 18.– In his most significant speech since becoming deputy prime minister a month ago, Mr Heng Swee Keat outlined on Saturday (June 15) how he and the fourth-generation (4G) leadership would engage Singaporeans and lead the country.

Here, I want to discuss two broad points raised by Mr Heng in his speech and dialogue at the Reach-CNA “Building Our Future Singapore Together” event.

First, Mr Heng described how the new government-people engagement will go beyond consultation to be action-oriented, creating an “expanded democracy of deeds, with citizens taking action to make a difference”.

The Government will partner Singaporeans not only to generate ideas, but — more importantly — to implement these ideas in policies. He called this approach the Singapore Together movement.

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