Nine days since prime minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement that a team of younger ministers will engage the nation in a conversation about its future, some Singaporeans have in a short time, expressed concerns about why it is being done when there are current problems yet to be worked out.
Education minister Heng Swee Keat, the minister tasked to helm this committee, sought to address these fears in a speech on Friday. “Some have also asked me why we are talking about the future, when there are present problems to tackle, such as the rising cost of living and the influx of foreigners.
“Should we not be devoting our time to address this?” he said at the Ai Tong School 100th Anniversary dinner at Swissotel the Stamford.
“The concerns are real and people across the government is looking into them,” he said. But he laid out three reasons why it is also important to think about the future and the kind of Singapore people want in 20 years.