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Excerpt of Minister David T E LIM's interview with The Straits Times, 13 May 2002

ST: Will the review lead to a loosening up of the rules?

Minister: Framing it as a loosening or a tightening sets our minds off in the wrong direction. It is not a 'you win, you gain, I lose' kind of outcome we're looking for. We are not trying to stack up conservatives against liberals.

ST: In which direction has society moved? Is it more liberal, less liberal or more complex?

Minister: We are a society that's more aware. We are also a society that's become more diverse. That awakens in us a certain questioning about choice and the freedom to make those choices.

Well, we have to deal with this. We can't deny this change. But, what if the choices conflict and are not compatible sitting together? Societal norms come into play and our task is how to be able to continue to open up such choices, open up space so that we can be different.

But, there are two important caveats. One is that we cannot deny our history and our heritage. We've got peculiar sensitivities within our society. The second is the need to protect certain core values.

While we may not have problems with certain points of view, we've got to be very careful about which points of view we want to accept and become our values, and which we feel are not appropriate for our society. We can be
open, but we don't have to be the same as other societies.

In the end, the Government will have to decide, but it cannot do so in a vacuum. That's why we have this process of engagement.

ST: How does society or the Government know when a point of view is being changed into a value, and how can differences be arbitrated?

Minister: The Government has a responsibility to look long term, whereas the consumer may be looking at the immediate issue at hand to say, 'Can I?' or 'Can't I?'

Decisions are made as we develop greater awareness, as we understand things in broader concept, as society debates it. It's a process and that process continually shapes us. What is important in this process is ownership.

Singaporeans feel...they want to have a say with what happens in society. And they must have that say. But, with diversity, they will have a say but not the say.


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