Friday, October 24, 2014

A nation of ideas: Read Raymond A Fernando’s letter to The Straits Times: Get citizens to brainstorm ideas to improve the nation

My letter to The Straits Times on the above matter is published today- Friday 24th October 2014.

Last  Friday, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong called on citizens to value integrity and deeds, and help find solutions to improve the country (“Aim to be ‘democracy of integrity and deeds’”; last Saturday).

I support his call.  Active citizens are those who identify problems and come up with ideas to improve the lives of those around them.

We have in place the PS21 framework, where public officers are incentivised to submit useful suggestions and proposals, either individually or in teams.

I propose that the Government expand this to include the whole nation, to tie in with Singapore’s 50th birthday.

Under this National Suggestion Scheme, ideas can be submitted at the constituency level, before being raised to the respective ministries for evaluation.

Good ideas with national reach can be evaluated by a high-level steering committee, with awards for outstanding contributors.

Raymond Anthony Fernando



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