Meeting the people
Over the years, the weekly meet-the-people sessions witnessed the changing expectations of Singaporeans as the nation developed. But now, as then, the main purpose of these sessions remain the same - to serve the people.
- The meet-the-people session (MPS) is an integral part of the work of the PAP branches. As stated in a 1969 party document: "Meet-the-people is part of the basic policy of the party. Ministers, parliament and political secretaries and responsible cadres must adhere to the principle: Come from the people, return to the people to serve them tirelessly and incessantly."
- At MPS, the MPs deal with a wide range of issues, from appeals for financial assistance to quality of life aspirations, as well as local municipal matters. The sessions are staffed by volunteers, and some can go on to well past midnight.
This article was first published in the July 2014 issue of Petir Magazine.