Home News Featured News Singaporeans wary of believing futuristic policy promises

Singaporeans wary of believing futuristic policy promises

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

After the announcement of new home improvement programmes such as the new Voluntary Early Redevelopment Scheme (Vers) during Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally this year, many Singaporeans have taken to social media to express their skepticism at the upcoming programmes, projected 20 years into the future.

Entrepreneur, author, and socio-political commentator Devadas Krishnadas wrote an open letter titled, ‘Beware the danger of making policy promises too far into the future’. In his letter, he said, “Only in Singapore can a government commit another government four terms into the future to significant but vaguely specified structural financial commitments without anyone raising an eyebrow, with the parliamentary debate focused instead on implementation details”.

He also added that such future policy promises pose two risks. The first, that it sets the expectation of the current political leaders to continue to be leaders. And, the second, that the expectations of the public are raised, and future governments may not always be able to meet these expectations.

https://www.facebook.com/allsgstuff/photos/a.1993158977491488/2771343793006332/?type=3&theater

- Advertisement -

Other netizens have also created posts cautioning fellow Singaporeans of
these policy promises, and to be slightly more discerning.

________________________________________________________________________

obbana@theindependent.sg

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Viral video: 4 cyclists disregard traffic rules and turn on red light along Keppel Rd

Singapore – Video footage of cyclists blatantly disregarding the red light at a junction and turning towards Anson Road is circulating online, sparking yet another call from members of the public for stricter measures against reckless road users. On Wednesday (May 5),...

Travellers already in quarantine express dismay over 7-day SHN extension

Singapore—The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced new restrictions on travellers from high-risk countries on Tuesday (May 4).  All travellers coming from these countries are now subject to 21-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities. The 21-day SHN now applies to travellers...

Workers’ Party to continue with face-to-face MPS, but suspends house visits

Singapore—The Workers’ Party (WP) announced on Tuesday (May 4) that its Members of Parliament will be continuing face-to-face meet-the-people sessions (MPS). This is to accommodate elderly citizens and residents who are unable to connect online, the party said in a statement in...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent