David Tay started this thread on 05/10/19

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Ming Wei posted this at 5:35pm, 21/06/19, 8 months ago
To be honest, I think the most pressing change that I hope to see in Singapore by 2025 is our society’s openness to change and progress itself. 

We often say that we want to affirm this – we tell ourselves, oh yes, we are open to change, we are ready for the future, we are creating a society where no one is left behind. How true is this?

It is highly ironic that a society that says it is open to change is the same one which thinks that it is ok for the state to draw up boundaries over the public conversations that we can have; a society that thinks it’s reasonable for one-man performance art to be considered as an illegal public procession; a society that doesn’t bat an eyelid when policymakers believe that they should have the sole legitimacy and legal power to decide what is ‘truth’ and what is ‘a statement of falsehood’.

I am deeply worried that our society will not be able stay afloat (much less thrive) if we think it healthy to tune out perspectives that we are uncomfortable with; to leave unquestioned the national narratives that make us feel safe & special; to focus always on the ‘bread and butter’ issues, while ignoring that securing the ‘bread and butter’ can only come about if we fight for a political system that works for all, not just a select few. To be able to have difficult conversations about the grounds of our politics and ethics – conversations that may perhaps deeply unsettle us and force us to re-evaluate what we know – that’s the only way to keep us moving forward. 

Paradoxically, it is the only way to keep a society cohesive, one that can evolve and adapt to protect the interests of all. Social cohesion requires more than just paying lip-service to racial and religious coexistence; it requires a deeper re-examination of how we design policies that exclude certain groups (the poor, LGBTQ people, foreigners, etc.) while parading under the banner of inclusivity. It requires us to develop a reflexivity towards the way we deal with what we think is offensive and obscene – any social group can claim offense, but a society that remains united is one that inoculates itself to social tensions as people learn to tolerate offense and grow with it, not simply run crying to the powers that be. After all, not everyone has the privilege of getting the law to step in whenever they face injustice, because no law can ever be neutral.

I am deeply worried that our youth are overly entitled, myself included. I worry about the consequences of such entitlement. With many of us born into relatively comfortable circumstances, we have become complacent. We don’t feel the need to take politics or democracy seriously. We rant on Facebook and YoCo, rather than step up to enact the change we want to see. That’s why the government even needs to have YoCo, because it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Singapore youth don’t really care as much about civic participation as they do many other things. (Just compare us to Hong Kong or Taiwan.) Do we need a survivalist narrative to get us to be more politically involved? Perhaps we do. But I find it so funny that the state is leading the charge here – especially since the political apathy we see amongst youth today is in part an effect of the state-sanctioned culture that troublesome questions not be raised; a culture that my generation has grown up in, and one that we continue to live and breathe.

If policymakers are serious about partnering youth to create a more sustainable society, then just as they talk the talk, they should be prepared to walk the walk. They should encourage genuine and incisive political participation, even if it leads necessarily to civic disobedience. They should embark on collaborations with youth that are trajectory-changing for society, rather than shut citizens up with band-aid solutions. They should listen intently to suggestions about broader social issues, rather than turn people away at Meet the People sessions. They should not flinch or zone out when young citizens don’t mince their words. Having written up to this point, I don’t even know if the moderators have read all this. I don’t know how much of my message will reach the senior civil servants & parliamentarians, and with what fidelity. One can only hope.

Singapore's future belongs to the youth of the country. My vision for Singapore’s youth in 2025 is a generation that is ready and willing to reach out to the government to build a better future together, but at the same time, not be indifferent or afraid to look political leaders in the eye and draw a line in the sand.

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Rason Lee posted this at 4:25pm, 22/06/19, 8 months ago
For that I had tagged the highest office,

"Politics and policies must go hand-in-hand to keep up with public expectations. When parliamentary debates and resolutions fail to answer lingering doubts, people would naturally take to social media to voice their concerns. If only we can develop a social media application for parliamentary action, then perhaps the privilege of protected speech can be extended beyond parliamentarians, and in addition, virtue-signalled with philosophy-of-logic score (adjudicated/graded/awarded by emeritus academics).

To quote the Parliament Act (https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Act/PPIPA1962#pr5-)

Freedom of speech and debate and proceedings

5. There shall be freedom of speech and debate and proceedings in Parliament, and such freedom of speech and debate and proceedings shall not be liable to be impeached or questioned in any court, commission of inquiry, committee of inquiry, tribunal or any other place whatsoever out of Parliament."

In fact, I had also tagged GovTech the conceptual details of the application and tagged Speaker of Parliament to get into consultation,

"...we need a more targeted application (microsite) to deal with public inquiries that may prove to be as profound as questions filed by the people's representatives in the Parliament of Singapore. Below outlines my concept application functions -

1. User login via SingPass and fills an online form with fields 'Question:' and 'Reason for asking:' (background), then optionally enter 'Addressee:' tag(s) supported by autosuggest like Facebook's. Specifying addressee will help speed up the process by forwarding the inquiry tickets directly to the specific Information Officers, who would then follow a workflow similar to the handling of parliamentary questions, except that the relevant ministers would be briefed with periodic reports and not have to personally deliver the answers.

2. Each inquiry ticket will be published for public poll once the relevant Information Officer acknowledges the question to be clear. However questions deemed to be duplicates will be marked and side-listed in a tuple, while different questions/tuples of similar background will be archived as a thread. Users can also invoke inquiry submission as a thread extension though it is up to the Information Officer to archive as extension or standalone.

3. The higher the number of votes a tuple garners, the higher the priority for it to be answered first. At the same time, each tuple will also gain votes automatically according to time lapsed, such that no tickets may forever remain unanswered.

4. Users can subscribe to any tuple/thread to receive updates in email.

5. In a nutshell, the site consists of two content sections: archive (answered) and poll (unanswered), the former sorted according to answer recency, the latter sorted according to votes."

p/s Online open (social) media observably yields higher success in bottom-to-top-down feedback propagation. From my perspective, NUS response on sexual misconduct is palpable of that effect as obscure recommendations to adopt victim impact statement and no-contact policy has been picked up online for official acceptance. Though, that's just dealing with easy implementations. Technically difficult ones would require continuous reporting to work out. In a nutshell, our brand of democracy can be leapfrogged, bringing actual policy writers closer to the public.
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Charissa posted this at 6:11pm, 20/01/20, 28 days ago
You articulate this so well. Bravo!


amelia posted this at 9:27am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
on the topic of recycling: in a such a developed country, i don’t understand why we don’t recycle well. we should learn from countries like taiwan and japan on the recycling system. separating our trash. by changing the system, it educates the citizens as well on why saving the earth is important, and we will feel more involved in it. eco-friendly items should cost less than non eco-friendly stuff, so people will make the change without hesitation.


Boston posted this at 9:42am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago


Andrea Low posted this at 3:16am, 31/07/19, 7 months ago
I agree! I’ve spent a few years living abroad now and one of the biggest reverse culture shocks I had when I returned was the lack of recycling and the excessive use of single use plastics. Recycling and sorting my trash was just part of daily living, as well as bringing my own bags to do grocery shopping. I think a lot of this change can be supported also through institutional support - and I don’t mean just flat out taxes or bans. Recycling was made easy for me as there were sorted recycling bins in every building for paper and plastic, and there would be large recycling points for glass and textiles within a 5-10minutes walk of every home. Simple things like this make recycling easier and more accessible, something people can do on the way to the post office or to the supermarket. I’ve also seen how other countries simply moved away from single use plastics by charging substantially for them or switching to paper or reusable. People adapt far more readily when we think, and things like shopping trolleys also make groceries easy. I hope also that while we take ownership of our own habits, this also builds our awareness that commercial and industrial waste and pollution needs to be managed. Individuals cannot hope to save the planet without substantial effort by the commercial sector as well in implementing changes and reducing waste and pollution
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Ami posted this at 9:24am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
I hope to see more equal opportunities for underprivileged youth. Perhaps this can be achieved through giving better support to low-income families, giving them the freedom and opportunity to make decisions on investments that can improve their own lives. For example, a lot of the support today given to them today come in the form of vouchers that help alleviate living expenses. While this is helpful, it would be valuable to have micro financing initiatives that allows them to make their own decisions on what investments would be useful - whether it’s purchasing a laptop or getting tuition for one of the kids. There is no easy fix to breaking the cycle of poverty and I do think we should listen to the low-income on what productive investments could best help them.
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Rason Lee posted this at 1:30am, 22/06/19, 8 months ago
Regarding vouchers, I thought it's still the same principle be it NTUC Fairprice for daily necessities or Courts for consumer electronics and furniture, that is to eliminate unsavoury options. The way forward with voucher assistance should be cooperative organisation for availing ultra-cheaply goods and services of the most basic quality.


Rason Lee posted this at 3:58am, 22/06/19, 8 months ago
Furthering that would be "soft rationing" using e-vouchers, by way of mobile app tracking tied to supplier inventory.


Xiewei posted this at 9:22am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
A country that truly believes and advocates "sports" as a key national pillar. A system that empowers and nurtures sports as a platform for singaporeans to thrive and make a living. Eg. Youth academies, professional leagues, partnership with world renowned sports clubs.


Lynn Goh posted this at 9:26am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Improved recycling rate, maybe can incentivise this to cultivate the habit first


Boston posted this at 9:41am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago


Vion posted this at 9:40am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
I hope that Singaporeans will not be wasteful, be it using water or throwing out food and so on. We can start with the younger generations , starting from the pre-schoolers so they cultivate a good habit from young.


Boston posted this at 9:41am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Good idea


Mohammad Haziq posted this at 9:41am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
In the future, I hope that Singapore can be a country that advocates all kinds of sports equally and not only individual sports where the “gold medal” is guaranteed. With the backing of the country, it will then allow younger kids to dream on and excel in their hobbies to represent Singapore proudly and not only as an occupation. Also sports might teach us values that we are not taught in school, for example teamwork and sportsmanship.


Ken posted this at 9:48am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
A nation that is more supportive of its local sports and arts scenes. Better programmes that help to build potential sportsmen/artistes or simply more accessible programmes for those interested.


Rason Lee posted this at 10:44pm, 19/05/19, 9 months ago
To start the ball rolling (or rather to close my own loop), here's a list of 50 "challenges" I suggested to GovTech's Ideas! team - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M3Jb2aR4qiF7tp2QLWp6fOk3wC9Jyf_2v4EnPS1_AJ4/edit?usp=sharing

The suggestions were compiled from my Facebook muses for the year 2018, in which I tagged some of the relevant gov pages. I was told the list had been shared with the Resilience and Engagement Division from MCCY. Not sure which ones may be considered within YoCo's scope of interest. More to add to the compilation for 2019 if traction is seen here.
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Rason Lee posted this at 4:29pm, 26/05/19, 9 months ago
Below frames my suggestions by category of interest, to answer what paradigms I would like Singapore to shift ASAP -
Accountability (7, 48, 50)
Innovation Support (1, 11, 13) 
Judiciary (44, 45, 47)
Mental Health Advocacy (10, 14, 33)
Pedagogy (2, 34, 35, 43)
Productivity (5, 6, 9, 15, 16, 21, 25, 37)
Public Communication (7, 24)
Safety (3, 8, 12, 18, 22, 23, 32)
Security (27, 40, 41, 46)
Social Support (19, 29, 30, 31, 38, 39, 42, 49)
Sustainability (4, 20, 26, 28, 36)

As for how our political leaders can help: basically recognise the actual contest of ideas to be between government directors and independent thinkers, ergo a need to command the relevant officials to answer thoroughly to our inquiries.
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Rason Lee posted this at 4:37pm, 26/05/19, 9 months ago
N.B. (because hidden by "show more"): Recognise the actual contest of ideas to be between government directors and independent thinkers, ergo a need to command the relevant officials to answer thoroughly to our inquiries.


Rason Lee posted this at 11:36am, 27/05/19, 9 months ago
Edit: changed suggestion #29 from "Social Support" to "Accountability".


Rason Lee posted this at 2:35pm, 27/05/19, 9 months ago
More on the "how" - to institutionalise crowd-partnership on this platform and similar others, especially if existing gov directors wish to avoid difficult 'arrows' (e.g. LTA not showing inclination to further develop 'smart' umbrella sharing https://vulcanpost.com/620394/sharella-umbrella-sharing-project/): refer suggestion #13, "To proceed with eCitizen Ideas! use case extension for inventors as already proposed with mockup. To further mockup the user interfaces for the Challenge process, encompassing Admin, Judge and Participant roles, standard Terms and Conditions including Non-Disclosure and Patent Filing Agreement, as well as ad-hoc (adjunct) project managers and engineers sourcing. Electronic communication and filing records through the platform will be archived for project management performance review by GovTech Governance Group." > Basically to request special budget from PMO and induct project managers of our own into the bureaucracy.
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Rason Lee posted this at 8:41pm, 29/05/19, 9 months ago
Attached process flow for user-proposed Ideas! challenge.


Rason Lee posted this at 8:43pm, 29/05/19, 9 months ago
Attached mockup for user-proposed Ideas! challenge request form.


Rason Lee posted this at 11:06am, 12/06/19, 8 months ago
Re: official reply 06/10/19 "...let's hope that there will be more ideas being discussed in this thread."

Thanks for replying. The more public sharing the better, especially before gov managers embark on new projects, because information asymmetry represents lost opportunities and every sub-optimal decision constitutes wastage.

Take for example SAF's newly unveiled digital AFV (https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/saf-unveils-hunter-armys-first-fully-digital-armoured-fighting-vehicle), only now that I know the project started in March 2017, six months before I tagged MINDEF a similar proposition and later suggested to GovTech for Ideas! Challenge at the end of 2018 - "#3 Panoramic sight system for armoured vehicles: To design with ST Engineering a panoramic sight system for armoured vehicles, displaying 360° sphere view from a vantage point just above the vehicle, as well as a bird's eye view transmitted from an unmanned aerial quadcopter locked in tandem motion. Call for display screen form factor and view layout proposals separately." I would say that in this case half of the milestones achieved is good, as the required system I/O are in place for furthering my above proposed development - it wouldn't cost to put up a UX prototyping challenge to take the UI to the next level (and there are far-reaching strategic impacts with respect to a next-level UI if you think deep about it). The other proposals on my list that I reckon are contesting ongoing pilot projects and market adoption would be - "#4 Prefabricated recycling chute for HDB flats", "#7 Risks reconsideration of Wolbachia-Aedes strategy for Dengue", "#12 GPS licensing for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles", "#15 HDB WiFi interference diagnosis", "#16 Automated yard innovation for PSA", "#21 Replace carpark gantry barriers and inspectors with ERP videographic sensors", "#26 Dock system for electric scooters" and "#27 Establish security practices against facial recognition spoof".
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Rason Lee posted this at 10:01am, 13/06/19, 8 months ago
In particular, "#4 Prefabricated recycling chute for HDB flats" is confidently contesting a cost-inefficient/ineffective Solid Waste Management Technology Roadmap commissioned by NEA (only recently I got to know that it was drawn up in 2016). From the following article https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pay-you-throw-among-ideas-cut-down-waste-singapore - "The roadmap suggested that the single-chute system found in many older high-rise buildings today could be modified with a control panel at the chute door and multiple waste containers at the refuse room. When a particular waste selection button is pressed, it will direct the waste to the correct bin."  Basically sorting and landing tech should not be considered as a distributed electromechanical system that is costly to scale for every HDB flat, i.e. sorting should be guaranteed by centralised qualitative processes and landing should not involve electromechanics.
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Rason Lee posted this at 10:29am, 13/06/19, 8 months ago
Also worth mentioning that Taiwan's equivalent of our A*STAR has already delivered the IT infrastructure for "#23. Televised far vision of oncoming traffic for right-turning motorists", whereas our authorities/agencies' development status is unclear to me. See - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQT-DAn1yVU


Rason Lee posted this at 5:04pm, 13/06/19, 8 months ago
Essentially, we need to push through suggestion #50 for the long run, "Online presentation of government project and grant portfolios: To request all government agency directors to put up a quarterly video update of projects assigned for their coordination, including presentation transcript and other relevant documentation (details of intellectual property should be omitted if its filing status is not already patent-pending or granted). This will complement the current practice of just putting up roadmaps and media statements."
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Wong Wei Sheng posted this at 2:00am, 26/05/19, 9 months ago
It would be good if we could introduce the concept of an educational institution that redefines the concept of tertiary education. 

Ecole 42, a programming college started in France, admits its students based on merit, with less emphasis on their personal grades or achievements. The school is funded by benefactors and investors, with no obligation of its students to pay tuition fees. 

Through project-based learning, skills-based learning, peer to peer evaluations and gamification, students learn at a pace that is comfortable to them, whilst also gaining real-world experience and skills which would prepare them for the future of work. Since the school does not recruit lecturers or teachers, students learn to be resourceful and decide their method of learning that befits them.

42 Silicon Valley. (2019). Retrieved from https://www.42.us.org/

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Li Boxue posted this at 4:07am, 06/07/19, 8 months ago
Albert Einstein once said, "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

George Santayana once said, "A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

Victor Hugo once said, "He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

Mark Twain once said, "I have never let schooling interfere with my education."

Why must students be forced to memorize things that they will forget in a week?
Why can't' students choose what they want to learn? The education industry is the only billion-dollar industry that has no user-feedback system.
Why must 30 students, all with different dreams, different gifts, different passions, different strengths, different weaknesses, be grouped together in a classroom? Schools are treating us like cookie-cutter frames and snap-back hats, giving us these one-size-fits-all crap.
Why are there no student-centered schools in Singapore?

At the 2016 Global Economic Forum, 2500 executives confirmed that the creativity and leadership skills are the most important factors for success in the future. Well, a Harvard study suggests that students lose up to 90% of their creativity after graduating from university. So, are schools really preparing us for the future, or the past? 

Schools like NEXT School are the future of education. 
I strongly encourage everyone who are reading this now to watch the following youtube videos. Thank you :>

The toxic culture of Education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnC6IABJXOI
Do schools kill creativity?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
Bringing on the learning revolution!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LelXa3U_I

I hope that this platform would allow this idea to be popularized and debated about so that we can come up with a solution together.
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Rason Lee posted this at 2:58am, 08/07/19, 7 months ago
There we go https://youtu.be/RjJpX2MAnB4.

As an afterthought, MOE should be deliberating how to improve academic rote-learning productivity to free up time for more rigorous project-based learning. This would likely involve interactive eLessons helping learners to visualise methodical expressions. In my view, the world has yet to witness the best learning hacks (neurologic shortcuts such as mnemonics) being compiled.


Laura Wee posted this at 9:38am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Especially with an aging population, more support for elderly living alone or at aged homes. Providing more support to volunteers who give help to impoverished families, giving everyone an equal chance in the society.


Boston posted this at 9:40am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Free healthcare for all. New modes of transportation, like self-driving scooters and cars for rent, at affordable prices. Make every part of Singapore air-conditioned, aka lower the general temperature. Maybe use a huge glass dome.


ong bengwee posted this at 9:50am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago


Rason Lee posted this at 11:06pm, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
In considering free healthcare for all, the government have to first rethink supply model to cut costs and meet the demand of neglected preventive care, i.e. health screening. Besides expanding test labs' operating capacity, neighbourhood private GPs also ought to be repurposed. Current ones may be bonded for specialist training and a great number of would-be ones bonded to administer primary care with reduced med-school course load. To further cut real estate cost and patients' travel/wait-time, an online queue system may optimally assign roving doctors by mobile or HDB void-deck clinics. The roving system would also better facilitate emergency house calls.
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Rason Lee posted this at 11:39pm, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
I have actually tagged MND Minister Lawrence Wong before on Facebook regarding outdoor air-conditioning. I copy below -

"Considering the lack of space, cooling by flora evapotranspiration can be substituted with mist cooling relatively cheaply. Ventilation of the Urban Canyon may also be improved with an array of suction shafts (centrifugal fans) primarily used to dehumidify air in open spaces for improved mist cooling, though not individually powerful enough to trap critters. If ambient air quality is satisfactory, the extracted moisture simply gets added to a secondary water-coolant network that takes the heat from the dehumidifier's gas-coolant compressor and goes into bath water storage tanks without tap water treatment. This recovery cycle is also considered heat sequestration as far as thermal insulated storage is effective, until the bath water - requiring less electricity to heat - goes down the sewer.

I would further mention NUS' membrane dehumidifier water air-conditioning system (https://www.straitstimes.com/…/nus-team-develops-water-base…) for contrast: basically, membrane dehumidifiers can be applied to mist cooling for energy savings however they constitute much greater bulk than the compressor method, which outputs only cool arid air, unlike the water evaporator still having to discharge humid air at ambient temperature (not indicated in the referenced article). But of course, the NUS system is meant for indoor air-conditioning not outdoor. Just saying membrane dehumidifiers can be used if we don't mind constructing longer shafts/tunnels, while the portable water extracted would be cool instead of warm.

p/s I also reckon that afore said humid air discharge can be directed away by chimneys high above ground though not sure how effective that would be in maintaining ambient aridity (note that ground pockets are mist-saturated). My initial consideration is that even if the evaporator is a closed module with its own dehumidifier membranes, the effective rate of mist cooling is probably the same as not having an evaporator at all. Scalability-wise, an increased rate of cooling has to yield warm water via the compressor method."

At this point I would point out that an exceedingly-sized glass encasement of the entire island is actually useless because incoming radiation would outpace convection that the encasement is trying to insulate the atmosphere from. The furthest we can go is to construct a system of air-conditioned tunnels for that desired effect.

And then Temasek Holdings CEO Mdm Ho opined to push for district cooling (https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1067124360142064&id=100005335308340),
that's similar to my suggestion for a shared HVAC, only that I'm not envisaging centralised cooling at district level like that of Marina Bay's underground cooling plant, but rather a block level rooftop facility that heat-sinks into water separately stored for bath and cooking use - essentially a strategy favouring distributed system for higher energy efficiency over a centralised one, both in terms of refrigerant delivery and heat sinking.

The heat-sink strategy further allows the efficient use of compressors for increased rate of cooling as counter strategy to non-electric alternatives such as NUS' dehumidifier membrane system, both serving to dump no waste heat into our outdoor environment.

On the other hand, the rooftop facility can also be extended for sprinkler-cooling of building and ground surfaces (to be differentiated from mist-cooling which cools the air), probably even wholly undertake the dehumidification of vapour-saturated air taken in at ground level, re-discharged cool and arid to manifest outdoor air-conditioning.
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Rason Lee posted this at 1:01am, 22/06/19, 8 months ago
Disclaimer: Notwithstanding what I posit above with regards to the practicality of glass-encased terrestrial air conditioning (as opposed to subterranean),  it would be a matter of scientific principle to model for various public spaces encasement extents (e.g. HDB void decks -> inter-block spaces at walkway level -> roof level -> across roadways, with and without filter coating).


Tan Juanne posted this at 9:43am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
For youths of today to have more exposure to mental health assessment especially with today’s growing social pressure.


Edwina posted this at 10:00am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Opportunities to explore alternative careers - too often we are discouraged from exploring career options that are NOT PMET/ in certain industries (i.e. banking, law, medicine), because money (or the lack of) is constantly at the top of our minds. I wish our society will evolve into one that celebrates all jobs - from social workers to librarians to hawkers to florists to librarians, and more. Everyone can be a master at what they do if they are encouraged to take pride in their work :) LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN PEOPLE! Celebrate, and most importantly, respect diversity! 
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Amanda Lim posted this at 4:03am, 19/06/19, 8 months ago
More time and opportunities for young adults to help the less privileged while developing their own interests. Eg. Monthly sessions for sports enthusiasts to play football with foreign workers or those with creative cells to engage in art therapy with the less-abled. It'll be ideal if firms could encourage work-life balance and support company-community service projects as they seem to come to a standstill post-education and pre-retirement. 


LEONG WAI SEE STEPH posted this at 10:24am, 03/07/19, 8 months ago
More openess to accept and appreciate arts and culture of all forms. At the moment, more youths are getting involved in dance, music and art and there is not enough genuine support for that. Often we are frowned upon for practicing our craft and pushing the scene independently. 

To demonstrate my point, street dancers are constantly being shut down by places to practice. Places that we could previously use are starting to tighten down on us. e.g. Airport, SMU. the space at scape is simply not enough (moreover we will get chased away by security by 1030pm). Often it's not because we are obstructing the way or being a disturbance, but it's because "we just cannot be there" In Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, their government have allocated spots in malls, underground spaces and subway stations that allow dancers to practice for free.

Comparing to our Asian counterparts, our art scene is in an underground status. Only people within the various community will know about it. Hence to the uninformed public, whatever we do is not considered the norm, unacceptable. If there was more support, the scene will gain more exposure and the public will be more knowledgable and become more accepting. To quote Andrew Smith, "People fear what they don't know or understand"
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Jonathan Ng posted this at 9:42am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Greater opportunities or initiatives to help the under-served or underprivileged citizens be more independent and feel as part of society. To have more national or education initiatives that encourages us Singaporeans to build a greater sense of affinity towards our culture and sense of entrepreneurship.


Nur Faizah posted this at 9:50am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
To have a live-life and less-stress nation, with more flexible work hours so Singaporeans could focus to have more family time, exercising, and relaxation. More events/activities to do as a family, not only on weekends, but also on weekdays and organizations should support/encourage that. Most of us have aging parents who are only getting older and I feel we all work too much and neglect family/me time.


Victoria posted this at 9:54am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Out of all the waste that is generated in Singapore, a good 10% comes from the wastage of food. And it is shocking that only 17% of this wastage is recycled while the rest is incinerated.

One thing that contributes to food wastage is when we go to buffets with the 'take-as-much-as-you-can-to-make-your-money's-worth' mentality. Restaurants do penalise food that's wasted with a fine, but I don't see that being implemented. Perhaps each patron should be handed only one plate at the beginning of their meal, and whenever they go for a second round, they would have to dispose of whatever food that's uneaten into a bucket. The amount collected from that table will then be weighed and the penalty calculated at the end of their meal.

In addition, restaurants can incentivise patrons that managed not to waste any food by offering them discounts for their future visits!
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Cynthia posted this at 10:12am, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
More initiatives or strategies to address against discriminations in Singapore. Hope to see the people being more united and accept each other regardless of their status, gender and disabilities. More help can be provided to the lower income families.


Jerry Tan posted this at 12:53pm, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
An education system in which soft skills are valued as much as academic success. In a nation where human is our greatest resource, it is important for our citizens to not just be book smart. Soft skills, such as arts, sports, morals, and eco-friendliness, can be instil into our people through education that will go an even longer way than being just academically successful.


Staryl posted this at 2:47pm, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
More government and environmental group efforts to encourage recycling practices and the use of recycling bins. We should change out single waste bins to recycling bins and place them conveniently at public areas, malls, offices and even at home. In this way, it is easy for people to cultivate the habit of separating their trash in their every day lives. Colour coded trash bags can also be given out to every household, so even if all the bags are thrown in a common bin or rubbish chute, collection workers can still sort them easily.
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Rason Lee posted this at 9:30pm, 18/06/19, 8 months ago
Copy here my email to URA today on suggestions for Pasir Panjang Power District land use (https://www.ideas.gov.sg/public/powerdistrict - which appears inclined to repurpose the site as a park connector attraction).

1. Animal shelter: SPCA is running out of space as can be gleaned from this article - 
“From the reply from SPCA, it says they are trying to get to zero euthanasia of healthy, treatable animals. That means they are still putting down healthy animals due to space and not just sick ones". Existing buildings can be repurposed or rebuilt from scratch for that matter, otherwise a container-stacking lift attachment can be developed with BCA and vertical expansion be slated on the carpark spaces.

2. Desalination plant: reserve first a waterfront plot for new (solar) desalination technology test-bedding, concept could be similar to industrial fractionating column on land (without belching fumes) and floating pontoons on sea. Both could be designed for visitors attraction.

p/s Besides water, food security may also become high on the agenda in future and compete for land in the form of indoor vertical farming (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xi6r3hZe5Tg&feature=youtu.be&t=722). Another light industrial activity envisioned to gain importance is 3D printing to make up a considerable bulk of mass manufacturing automation (see - https://sbr.com.sg/economy/in-focus/flawed-innovation-system-dents-singapores-preparation-automation - propose to set up a state enterprise serving domestic market).
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Wong Yi Wei posted this at 4:57pm, 19/06/19, 8 months ago
Can expand non-smoking zone to Somerset area? Especially the area right outside the MRT station near the bus stop and tripleone. That's the shortest path to scape and cineleisure and the number of smokers there increased exponentially ever since the orchard road smoking ban. Everytime I walk pass that area, I'll get the smell of cigarette smoke on my hair, clothes, bags etc.


Eric posted this at 2:54am, 04/07/19, 8 months ago
Moving away from pure economic indicators of progress towards social well-being and environmental health indicators would be a start.


Rason Lee posted this at 4:44am, 04/07/19, 8 months ago
Maybe we can do a critical analysis on the significance of current economic indicators in benchmarking the health of the state, specifically how the concept of GDP will shift into an era of deflation brought about by automation hyper-productivity and social cooperative work.


Ong Kang Xuan posted this at 2:06pm, 04/07/19, 8 months ago
Before I read the comments, I was not expecting many to have the same hopes and dreams for Singapore as me. However, I read quite a few comments and I just want to add on. 
I hope that when it's 2025, I can exercise my right as a citizen under Article 14, whereby we would be by then, more accepting of whatever perceptions and comments that derive from differing opinions. 
I hope that when it's 2025, Singapore's education system to be more inclusive. This can be only small little changes, so minute like, reducing the classroom size. This system should also not be only results-based and one should not be penalised heavily for taking a differing, non-mainstream education route. With that being said,
I hope that when it's 2025, we see a more diversed society with a culture of our own. This real culture should not only be about our "Singlish" only. It should be about producing great talents in the arts and sports field. The very special singers and songwriters of our own and more sportsmen like Joseph Schooling. I strongly believe with more songwriters and singers in Singapore, we can produce more National Day Songs like "Home" that resonates with us and be something that Singaporeans love for generations to come.
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Dumont Emile Francois posted this at 2:34am, 12/07/19, 7 months ago
1. Increased support and proper structuring of arts and sports organisations not for the benefit of government but for the benefit of citizen to be at a world class level without having to struggle on a daily basis. Partnerships and collaboration with professionals in the private sector specialised in these fields to understand more of what we see happening and evolving in the private sector for sports and arts. 2. Reducing costs of tenants (We want more young start-ups right?) But we end up killing ideas due to high costs and landlords that squeeze it out of their pockets. By doing so, give opportunity for experimentation and idea sharing in the entrepreneurial realm. Not everything is about pitching to get a Seed A funding. 3. Social causes - bring it out in the open, talk about it more. Take stronger actions to create discourse on important topics that need discussion. Not to shut it down but listen and create an opportunity for all to share. 4. Mentorships of all kinds but not one where bigger companies steal ideas of the younger ones. Give them guidance but not take away their opportunity to explore or fail. We want results but without failure, we don't understand success. 5. Education - allow for students to explore areas of interest rather than academia only. Don't suffocate them with information yet have no street smarts or application to daily life. A more open styled learning environment that keeps students on their feet yet still learning the ways of the world. Like green schools, international schools where curriculum is extensive.
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Rason Lee posted this at 4:49pm, 12/07/19, 7 months ago
Saw on Taiwanese news that Taiwan is following Singapore's footsteps in using Wolbachia for Aedes population control. Frankly, I'm being reminded of our collective lack of critical thinking, accountability and sense of urgency with regards to public health and safety. As far as I can see, unless a public inquiry is commissioned, such concerns practically garner no responses, and I fear that sunk cost fallacy is griping our public administration. I copy my inquiry and further explain below,

"Risks reconsideration of Wolbachia-Aedes strategy for Dengue

To request that NEA compare the advantages and disadvantages between Wolbachia-Aedes and Female-Specific Flightless Phenotype strategies, specifically answering, 1) review/research on Wolbachia-Aedes transmissivity of other viruses such as West Nile, 2) risk of viral mutation arising from their suppression (bottlenecking) with Wolbachia, 3) risk of Female-Flightless phenotype versus Wolbachia-Aedes female-sterilisation method, 4) cost effectiveness of sterilised Wolbachia-Aedes versus Female-Flightless gene proliferation through male offsprings, 5) significant build-up of Wolbachia-infected Aedes population only to reduce the effectiveness of a "flightless" strategy switch, as a result of reduced cytoplasmic compatibility for Female-Flightless gene proliferation."

To put it more precisely, there are two basic concerns with the Wolbachia strategy

  • unevaluated viral mutation risk - compounding probabilities and more critically, its impact - given the case of an actual Wolbachia-Aedes colony forming due to slips in releasing population suppressors contaminated with female phenotypes

  • unevaluated cost-efficiency against the proliferation of female-specific flightless genes through male phenotypes, with viable male offsprings perpetuating the suppression until complete annihilation.

p/s Hope to see the shape of things quickly becoming concrete here.
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5:36am, 06/10/19 The conversation is just getting started. Thanks to Rason and Wei Sheng for getting the ball rolling. As we conduct more engagements on what youth would like to see in Singapore in 2025, let's hope that there will be more ideas being discussed in this thread. -