Be responsive to the wishes of the people

I asked the question – should a govt be responsive to the wishes of the people?

The initial response – 83% certainly, 17% impossible.

Surely 100% should agree with this motherhood statement? Why did 17% said that it is impossible?

Well, the 17% probably realize that it is difficult to determine the wishes of the people. In any issue, there will be some people who are in favor of one option, while others prefer another option.

For example, if the issue is – should the death penalty be abolished? Some people like it to be abolished and they have their reasons. But other people like to keep it, for another set of reasons.

Can we put this issue to a referendum, as it is done in Switzerland and some other countries or state? We can, but it is quite costly to organize a referendum and to make it compulsory for all the eligible people to cast their votes.

Is there a more efficient and reliable way?

I suggest this approach:

a) Create an online platform to carry out the “referendum”
b) Let the people who have an interest register to vote
c) State the issue with a yes/no vote and give the reasons for each choice
d) Invite the registered participants to cast their votes
e) Adjust the votes in each category (ethnic group, age band, gender, language) to reflect their actual proportion in the population. This will remove the bias when any group is over or under represented.

Using this approach, it should be possible to get a reliable indication of how the population feel about the issue, just by taking the results of the people who actually voted (say 1% of the population) and adjusting it to reflect the bias.

The lawmakers will be able to get a reliable indication of how the people at large feel about the issue and can make their decisions on the laws to reflect the wishes of the people.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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18 Responses to “Be responsive to the wishes of the people”

  • Agree:

    Mr Tan, totally support your idea.

    But the immortals don’t even let the mere mortals talk, you think they will let the mere mortals vote on everything? Tan KuKu.

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  • Went to Japan:

    The only way is through VOTE, there is no other way.

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  • oxygen:

    ANOTHER STUPID ARTICLE born out of ignorance. Ownself-pay-ownself politics get paid holiday just by showing their butt up in the office every day?

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  • Bapak:

    This 17% would have no problem staying in North Korea.

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  • is this right or wrong:

    PAP is going by their founder’s little red book..(see last sentence).

    quote:
    I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”
    – Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Straits Times, 20 April 1987

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:

    Hey stupid TKL,
    If you want your country population to be drug addicts like Phillipine or China during the Qing dynasty, you can remove the death sentence.

    I want the death sentence to stay.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    PAP huat, huat, huat ah… 9% GST is good…
    What’s wrong with collecting more money…

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  • HDB flats depreciate to ZERO:

    TKL must be dreaming. Most Singaporeans have become “spineless” after 50+ years under PAP. They will not be on record opposing the government. Even though voting is secret many, if not most, Singaporeans are either afraid or just stupid and continue to vote for PAP.

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  • lying pap S$m thieving liars:

    is this right or wrong:
    PAP is going by their founder’s little red book..(see last sentence).

    quote:
    I am often accused of interfering in the private lives of citizens. Yes, if I did not, had I not done that, we wouldn’t be here today. And I say without the slightest remorse, that we wouldn’t be here, we would not have made economic progress, if we had not intervened on very personal matters – who your neighbour is, how you live, the noise you make, how you spit, or what language you use. We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”
    – Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Straits Times, 20 April 1987

    so much so today lying pap S$m thieving liars no end proselytizing car lite, cannot eat degree, INDIAN is malay, cannot sue sister but can sue non brother such as Mr Terry Xu, INSIDE 200m is not within 200m.

    lying pap S$m thieving liars say they need to ownself pay ownself S$m to maintain their standard of living but when it comes to sheep under their charge S$1,200 per capita household income is the max (MAXIMUM) to qualify for CHAS blue card.

    what a bunch of thieving lying self serving humans voted into money grabbing power by a bunch of sheep minded fellow citizens in small island Singapore.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Sure – create a platform where anyone with a grouse can complain. All recorded by FSB and ISD. Soon after they will pay you a visit.

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  • Meninsheepclothing:

    By peole’s will(democracy) or by elites way(autocracy) will not lead to peace on earth.
    Only the will of the word, as prescribed from the beginning, will lead to peace and good will towards men.

    Bark up the wrong tree, you shall surely die.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This was what Ipsos’s survey reported; “Complaints about haze online mostly from Malaysians, while Indonesians, Singaporeans couldn’t care less”;

    What “referendum” are you talking about?

    We have 46% of SG population made up of immigrants, these people don’t give a [email protected] of what happened in SG.

    We have 70% of voters who are walking dead, love the way PAP is leading them over the cliff.

    God bless the 30% of voters, sorry for you!

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  • Tremendous:

    The idea is not too bad but I doubt members of a certain party will listen genuinely. Remember what happened to Reach ? It could not even catch imminent and drastic drop in votes in 2011 because they did not gain the people’s trust.

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  • To Mr Tan:

    Maybe we should adopt your idea for:
    1. Should Lee Hsien Loong resign as PM?
    2. Should our CPF money be withheld?
    3. Should PAP get rid of the fake news law?
    4. Should PAP allow people to protest in public places, not just at HLP?
    Talks and ideas are cheap and easy.
    I hope you put in more time and money into all your ideas.

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  • TruBlu:

    The $cholars have become UNFIT FOR public DUTY.
    They are just too greedy and more concerned with making money than SERVING the PEOPLE.

    It is as clear as daylight.
    Sad are those sgs with eyes and yet not see.

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  • Responsive?:

    Yes they will be responsive when you have two things to offer them.
    1) Money and 2) Intelligence in terms of scholarly achievements.
    Otherwise you will be just background noise and insignificant digit among the crowd.
    Look at the policies that had been in place since independence. How many of them do reform and progress to change by quantum leaps. Almost you know the answer…(fill in the blank). So just hide at home and complain all you want. Life goes on.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Just one more thing

    No matter how smart an $G local thinks he or she is, there is always an FT who is smarter.

    They are also cheaper
    And faster
    And work long long hours
    Oh – no complaining too

    You still think you have a chance $G boy/girl?

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  • Your ex boss said:

    Rem what your old boss said “Don’t like me, vote me out”. How can u forget after your big lp u worshipped dead n gone.

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  • Shadap lah, stupiak PAP IB:

    9% GSt – you can pay for all of us.
    Charging more but not adding value – that’s wrong. YOU ARE WRONG.
    People here not addicted to drugs but to the material lifestyle.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20:
    Hey stupid TKL,
    If you want your country population to be drug addicts like Phillipine or China during the Qing dynasty, you can remove the death sentence.

    I want the death sentence to stay.

    PAP.GUARANTEE.WIN.GE2019/20
    PAP huat, huat, huat ah… 9% GST is good…
    What’s wrong with collecting more money…

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