To build an inclusive society

Whenever I hear PM Lee say that he wants to build an inclusive society, I wonder what he means.

He may have a different understanding of an “inclusive society” from what I have. Let me say what I understand this condition to be.

One research institute says that an inclusive society aims at empowering and promoting the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic, or other status. It is a society that leaves no one behind. We work to ensure that societies are open and inclusive to all.

My understanding concerns the ability of the citizens to have a say in influencing the direction of the country, i.e. the practice of democracy. An inclusive society must allow the voices of the people to be expressed and reflected in the decisions taken by the government.

Here are my suggestions on how to change Singapore into an inclusive society:

a) Respect the votes of the citizens in selecting their members of parliament, i.e. move to the original single member constituency

b) Conduct elections in a fair and timely manner. The incumbent government should not abuse the election process to improve its own chances.

c) Treat all elected members from both the ruling and the opposing parties with respect and give them their same opportunity to serve their constituents.

d) Conduct free and open elections to elect members into the town councils. This will give the councilors the opportunity to learn about governance and get the knowledge and experience to move to the national level.

Singapore has a small population, relative to other countries, and a limited talent pool. We must use all the available local talents and give them the chance to grow their leadership skills. This approach will allow us to build a more inclusive society, where people can contribute to the betterment of society.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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28 Responses to “To build an inclusive society”

  • Asd:

    I think inclusive means include wife family members son and relatives

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  • RDB:

    Tan Kin Lian,
    Li tan koo koo lah. WHY?

    Like you said, the voters complain about the Peeing And Pooing for some 5 yrs, and then go and vote in the same people to govern them lor! So, what is the magic bullet that can and will change those silly and childish voters minds? A political earthquake has never happened in Sg. So how to change this status quo? Thus, why is the government always so arrogant and self appraised leh if this is not so lah?

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  • RDB:

    So, why always the Peeing And Pooing becomes the GaGament again for the next 5 years. And even at by-elections too?

    Please give us the solution to this on how to educate the voters. Tell the same story over again and again is no use right. And we should know that by now isn’t it.

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  • General talk cock sing song:

    Ever since LKY forcefully tore us away from the founding principles of PAP’s democratic socialism, “his party” has devolved into an exclusivist pseudo-meritocratic elitism. The 2G decade rode on the back of 30 years of extraordinary pioneer nation-building but the devolution into crass crony- capitalism crystallized with the 3G band of schooled leadership – pregnant with that narcissitic sense of $$$ self-entitlement aspiring democracies are determined to eradicate.

    Evidently, the Emperor is sermonizing his sheeple with only his underpants on….

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    不可以的啦!
    牠一定要躲在超大集选区里
    因为牠输不起
    讓牠只当德义区的总理吧,丢尼阿猩

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  • Bapak:

    Whatever this idiot said, you cannot trust him. Looong time ago he said sorry will do better. Look now, getting worse.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Inclusive of opposition parties, govt critics, activists, people with different points of view?

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  • Inclusive Of The Exclusive:

    To those who have made it to the top of the hierarchy of power, they can only understand what is exclusive. They can never understand nor even try to grasp what inclusive means to the general public. To this category of power-grabing and power-crazy humans, inclusive society means a society controlled and run by themselves, their family members, relatives and those they deemed loyal and worthy to be included in their RULING CLASS – e.g. the Pyramid Club, the Temasek Secret Society hidden within the Temasek Club of the SAF.

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  • PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020:

    Hello KL,
    Inclusive is a word used by all democratic country like India, USA, UK, Taiwan etc.

    The politicians or government who were voted in by the majority of people will get to define what is inclusive.

    In SG, inclusive does not include:
    1. those who are lazy and unmotivated but keep asking for hand out.
    2. old man who withdraw all their CPF and squandered it away on women and then seek help from PAP.
    3. people who gamble and drinks away all their money and then seek help from PAP.

    In short, in PAP SG, inclusive does not include irresponsible citizens.
    That is why PAP always win because majority of Singaporeans support this system which is fair.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020

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  • IDontTrustPAP anymore:

    What he means is we ordinary peasants gotta welcome every dic* tom and jane from 3rd worlds and help them to integrate,(since in his words”SG belongs to everyone), whilst he and his elites live in their exclusive ivory towers.. only come down when GE draws near.
    Every speech of his has an ulterior motive.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    “Inclusive” likely mean INCLUDE more foreigners in the workforce. I recall Woody GCT said during the 2011 GE that PAP, i.e. PM LHL, “opened the gates” to large number of foreign workers WITHOUT telling Singaporeans. Many Singaporeans lost their job to “cheap” (no CPF) foreigners.

    LHL has always been “inclusive”. That is why Singaporeans should vote for REGIME CHANGE at the coming GE. VTO.

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  • Flickshit:

    Talking is nothing wrong.
    Listening to him is also nothing wrong.
    Believing in hi, is something very Wrong.

    Never Trust a Doggy that wags its tail during GE.

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  • opposition dude:

    Aiyoh Mr Tan when goondu Loong says an inclusive society he means a Singapore where non Singaporeans do all the work and contribute to GDP growth so that he and his good for nothing ministers can continue gettin their obscene paychecks PLUS non transparent breakdowns of their bonuses. That is what he means.

    If you are silly and daft enough to think he means Singaporeans then you must be in the 70% that voted for him in 2015.

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  • TruBlu:

    Dear PM Lee,
    With due respect,allow me to tell you your policies are not incline towards INCLUSIVENESS.

    BUT,to me,THE GREATEST CAUSE for SOCIAL DISINTEGRATION OF OUR NATION has to be SELF-SERVING PAP GRASSLOOTERS.

    Many,if not almost all,grassroot leaders tend to serve their OWN INTERESTS N OBTAIN BENEFITS N PRIVILEGES for themselves and even RELATIVES.
    MANY GRASSROOT LEADERS IMPOSE on CIVIL SERVANTS to do their bidding either by making use of their relationships with ministers n senior MPs or use their own positions to do so.
    Sad to say,i have such bad encounters before.

    I hope you re-look into GRASSROOT MEMBERSHIP QUALITY N PRACTICES.

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  • PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020:

    To all the Ang Mo Tua Kee here,
    Your Ang Mo Tua Kee master (UK) just betrayed stupid Hongkee rioters by calling the police to remove/arrest them from occupying the HK British Consulate Office compound.

    https://s3.six-degrees.io/upload/media/20200115/640/b5a8685f46814f8e8a1e9127546c2162.jpg

    https://www.speakout.hk/%E6%B8%AF%E4%BA%BA%E8%8A%B1%E7%94%9F/52754/-%E8%A2%AB%E4%B8%BB%E4%BA%BA%E8%B6%95%E8%B5%B0-%E8%8B%B1%E5%9C%8B%E9%A7%90%E6%B8%AF%E7%B8%BD%E9%A0%98%E9%A4%A8%E6%89%BF%E8%AA%8D-%E4%B8%BB%E5%8B%95%E5%A0%B1%E8%AD%A6%E9%A9%85%E8%B6%95%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E7%A4%BA%E5%A8%81%E8%80%85

    Only stupid Ang Mo Tua Kee Asian like Oxygen and Hongkees would think highly of Ang Mo.

    Stupid HOng Kees think they hold British National Overseas (BNO) passport and they will be safe in British Consulate compound.

    Hahahaha…. Their British master betrayed these cockroaches by calling in the HK police to remove them.

    All these stupid cockroaches are discarded after being used.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020

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  • Harder Truths:

    More inclusiveness from Wuhan China headed your way!!

    https://www.rt.com/news/478624-china-mysterious-virus-alert/

    Enjoy the culture sharing

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Asd:
    I think inclusive means include wife family members son and relatives

    DITTO and Double Ditto!!!

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  • For serious consideration:

    The world has many problems.
    Two major solutions to be given serious thoughts.
    1. Women should be at home, managing the home, looking after the husband and children as the QUEEN of the household. But women should be educated to the highest level she could reach. Then she decides what to do. Highly recommended she stays at home especially after getting married to attend to home affairs. Governments should encourage this and ensure ONE SINGLE-INCOME sufficient to run one family. It is very painful to watch a pregnant woman on a public transport going to work and working full time especially on night shift duties. With woman overseeing the home full time, the quality of children/family will be better. Highly qualified women if needed could work from home or contribute with special arrangements organized for her convenience so as not to interfere with her main role as the home maker. When she is fully ready to go out to work if she feels bored or the children are independent, so be it. Women topmost priority and responsibility is to handle her household efficiently. The overall quality of the nation will be assured if women raise especially their children full time.
    2. The growing gap between rich and poor must be addressed by a tax system without upsetting the legitimate rich.

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  • Huh!:

    Inclusive society. As in include paper generals/admirals, relatives (by blood and marriage), children/grandchildren of old ministers and MPs?

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  • Bobo:

    We cannot use “once bitten, twice shy” in Singapore because we have 70% still have not been bitten yet. But how about “once broken considered sold”? One example is broke promise and also “empty vessels make the most noise”? How could 70% not effected by empty vessels? Perhaps they have attained the highest achievement of See, hear and say no evils. They also know monkeys see monkeys do make no mistake. Congratulations to the 70% past and present.

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  • Bad Boy:

    武汉新增136例新型冠状病毒肺炎病例
    https://news.sina.cn/gn/2020-01-20/detail-iihnzahk5231396.d.html

    Fishy ?
    Do one sense a cover up ???
    Initially less than 3 figures. Suddenly chiong more than 3 figures.

    How honest or how dishonest a prc chinese can be ?

    Sad.
    華人真是不能講真話.

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  • English & Lawyers:

    English and Lawyers have a close relationship.

    The nature of English allows lawyers to flip prata.

    Someone can say , as my accountants, you must audit honestly and accurately. But being my accountants you also must be creative and able to drive special vehicles.

    Or recently some joker said, you must be fair and neutral but at the same time be biased in my favor or else I sack you.

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  • "inclusive" could mean ":

    if 4 can be 5 and selected can be elected, “inclusive” could mean “exclusive” as far as the twisted definition of the white monkey idiots is concerned ???? the “nice” speech is just to let daft sinkies shiok shiok listen until drooling sleepily onto their shirts lar ?

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  • Check Pappie Track Records?:

    > “He may have a different understanding of an “inclusive society” from what I have. ”
    -So, what does the AristoCATs mean when they say “inclusive”?
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    Let’s count the ways . . .
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    They regard other political parties that need “to be Fixed”.

    -
    They withhold funds and facilities in other political party wards.
    -
    They DisRegard other MPs Q as “nuisance”.
    -
    Mr. Pink said the key to SG job creation is for “10 more billionaires to move to” SG.
    Thus, the OpenGate Policy . . .

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    With “super power”, they declared an Indian as “Malay” Prez . . .
    -
    Very “inclusive”, indeed.
    -
    Remember the Ballot Box !

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  • Pro Alien Party:

    PAP is now Pro Alien Party – this is what it is all about. They want to bring in foreigners to dilute the votes of the locals. They basically look down on locals, since they have been able to duped us for so long.

    Vote Them Out if you don’t want your children to be foreigners in our own land.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.FLOP.GE2019/20:

    Guess you are right. Depends on whose interpretation of inclusive.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020:
    Hello KL,
    Inclusive is a word used by all democratic country like India, USA, UK, Taiwan etc.

    The politicians or government who were voted in by the majority of people will get to define what is inclusive.

    In SG, inclusive does not include:
    1. those who are lazy and unmotivated but keep asking for hand out.
    2. old man who withdraw all their CPF and squandered it away on women and then seek help from PAP.
    3. people who gamble and drinks away all their money and then seek help from PAP.

    In short, in PAP SG, inclusive does not include irresponsible citizens.
    That is why PAP always win because majority of Singaporeans support this system which is fair.

    PAP.Guaranteed.Win.GE2020

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  • Honest Sperm man:

    Does he mean something like:

    1. Mas Selamat is either dead or he must be alive?

    2. You must serve in a neutral and fair way but serve me first before everyone else in the digital age?

    3. We never cheat but sometimes we do

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  • 天灭中共:

    Bad Boy:
    武汉新增136例新型冠状病毒肺炎病例
    https://news.sina.cn/gn/2020-01-20/detail-iihnzahk5231396.d.html

    Fishy ?
    Do one sense a cover up ???
    Initially less than 3 figures. Suddenly chiong more than 3 figures.

    How honest or how dishonest a prc chinese can be ?

    Sad.
    華人真是不能講真話.

    A research group in Imperial college said that the cases could be as high as over 1700 through modelling some time ago.
    This appeared to be highly creditable study from the events building up now.

    The true gravity was only recently released after expose by independent media, forcing the authority to respond.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkld_-4gEs

    All connected political classes are now watching Lude for analysis and truths.
    The white house follows their expose closely.

    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCm3Ysfy0iXhGbIDTNNwLqbQ

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