Friday, January 22, 2010

George Yeo changed his stand on political debate

> In Feb 1994 George Yeo said:

> "Remember your place in society before you engage in political debate...
> Debate cannot generate into a free-for-all where no distinction is made
> between the senior and junior party... You must make distinctions - What
> is high, what is low, what is above, what is below, and then within this, we
> can have a debate, we can have a discussion... people should not take on
> those in authority as 'equals'

> In Jan 2010 this is George Yeo position:

> IN THIS Internet age, the Government is still 'experimenting' on the best
> way to lead and interact with Singaporeans, Foreign Minister George Yeo
> said on Friday.

> Leaders have to possess a certain 'programmability', he said, and know
> when to become students again so that they can pick up the right skills in
> areas such as social networking to connect with the people.

> The world is very different from previous times, when information was less
> freely available, he noted. Today, there are a multitude of sources
> available, as well as a variety of avenues such as Facebook and blogs, for
> people to get themselves heard.

> 'The fact now is that hierarchies are breaking down, dissolving into messy
> networks,' he said at the inaugural Fullerton-SJI Leadership Lectures.

> The series will features outstanding St Joseph's Institution alumni who
> have played significant roles in various aspects of Singapore's
> development.

> Said Mr Yeo of the new environment: 'It affects the relationship of
> teachers to students, of parents to their children, of employers to their
> employees, of ministers with ordinary citizens.'

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