Opposition politicians can play pivotal role in national conversation

SINGAPORE - Opposition politicians can play a pivotal role in national conversation dialogues ("WP leaders won't join national conversation"; last Friday).

There have been many good suggestions and views given during the Our Singapore Conversation dialogues, and the participation of opposition leaders could have made it more fruitful.

Workers' Party (WP) chairman Sylvia Lim need not worry about whether its leaders' views are assumed to be representative of the party or otherwise; what matters most is the sincerity to engage the Government.

Opposition leaders at a dialogue can help articulate sentiments from the ground and convey them accurately to policymakers.

While I believe that the feedback and ideas will be carefully considered or incorporated into policy decision-making, the national conversation can also serve as a platform for participants from opposition parties to explain how they can address the concerns and improve the well-being of Singaporeans.

Most importantly, people want a sound alternative voice, be it from political parties or individuals, to shape policies conducive to the well-being of the country.

Hence, whether views from the WP are representative of the party is another matter.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng

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