In Pictures – And the Forward SG conversations continues 

18/08/2023

Now that the next phase of the Forward Singapore conversations is in full swing, there will be more opportunities for Singaporeans to speak up on issues close to their hearts and co-create policy solutions with the Government to build a shared future. After all, the best ideas are often a marriage of different perspectives.  

Reaching out to our communities

At East Coast GRC, MP Ms Jessica Tan is keen on exploring how to build a stronger community amongst her constituents. “As our societal needs evolve, we must ensure that no one is left behind…Through such discussions, we can better understand the needs and aspirations of our residents and how the community could come together to support one another,” noted MP Tan.  

Up north in Sembawang GRC, MPs Mr Vikram Nair, Ms Poh Li San and Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung held a dialogue session with residents to discuss solutions to overcome the challenges in healthcare and an ageing population. “It was interesting to hear the wide range of ideas coming from this group, and more importantly, the common ground everyone shared in addressing these concerns,” shared MP Vikram.  

Meanwhile, in Jalan Besar GRC, MPs Ms Denise Phua, Mr Heng Chee How, Dr Wan Rizal and Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo delved into topics including mental health awareness and sustainability. It is an inspiration to see everyone sharing their perspectives and exploring solutions to shape our future,” said Minister Teo. Besides, she added, solutions flourish when we come together as a community.  

Engaging with our youths

Young people need to feel listened to in decision-making processes. That is why our Forward SG conversations extend to this important generation that will take Singapore forward, as Senior Minister of State (SMS) and Bishan–Toa Payoh GRC MP Mr Chee Hong Tat joined students at Dunman High School to discuss how to strengthen the social compact and tackle issues relating to inequality and social mobility. 

With housing aspirations being another big concern for young people, Minister for National Development Desmond Lee met up with single Singaporeans to understand their housing needs and aspirations in a focus group discussion. “Participants shared with us their views on possible housing options for singles, including the “rent-to-own” model, co-living, and intergenerational housing…we will take in these ideas to ensure a range of housing options to meet and balance the diverse needs of Singaporeans,” shared Minister Lee. 

Empowering workers and businesses

Joining residents of Aljunied and Hougang, Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng shared about the new Workplace Fairness Legislation and upcoming plans for a representation framework for platform workers. “The Government has taken in the views and feedback collected so far and will continue to do so,” assured Minister Tan.  

How can we support businesses that are keen to go green? To better understand their needs, SMS Amy Khor and Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) Baey Yam Keng met with representatives in the commercial vehicle sector to learn more about their challenges. “It is encouraging to see their interest in electrifying their fleets…and we will incorporate their feedback into our strategy for decarbonising heavy vehicles,” shared SPS Baey.  

Photo Source: Jessica Tan/ Vikram Nair/ Woodlands Galaxy CC/ Chee Hong Tat/ Baey Yam Keng/ Desmond Lee/ Tan See Leng/ NYCC via Facebook