NMP calls for govt policies to be consonant with National Pledge

An Nominated MP has called for government policies to be consonant with the national pledge. The latter is like the vision and mission of an organisation. A good vision and mission is expressed in concrete terms, is measurable and may have a time frame.

Our pledge is very clear in its aim, and that is “to build a democratic society based on justice and equality” so that we can collectively achieve “happiness, prosperity and progress for our nation.”

When the government and its agencies draft any laws or policies, they should be consonant with the pledge taken by students across the nation every day, and government leaders and MPs on special occasions and on National Day.

For instance, last minute changes to electoral boundaries. Allowing demonstrations at the Speaker’s Corner at Hong Lim Park. Having the media under one umbrella. Town halls meetings with ministers. A level playing field for the opposition. Do these help to build a democratic society or hinder it i.e. consonant with the national pledge?

A pledge is a solemn binding promise, and must not be seen as a mere lip service.

Some say that the pledge is only an aspiration. To aspire is to strive towards a goal. With this interpretation we strive towards building a democratic society.

But the pledge as it stands is uneqivocal: “pledge ourselves….to build a democratic society based on justice and equality”.

The NMP has brought up a good point which has escaped the attention of many people.

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