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Do you agree that grassroots leaders may not provide most accurate feedback?
Do you agree that grassroots leaders may not provide most accurate feedback?

When grassroots leaders may not provide most accurate feedback

SINGAPORE - Members of Parliament (MPs) should not just depend on grassroots leaders to tell them about ground sentiment towards the Government.

This is because some grassroots leaders may not give accurate feedback and only highlight the positives, said several People's Action Party (PAP) MPs MediaCorp spoke to.

Their comments come after Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Hwee Hwa said on Wednesday that the PAP Aljunied Group Representation Constituency (GRC) team was surprised that the resentment towards the Government was so deep.

Mrs Lim, who is also Second Minister for Finance and Transport, and her team lost to the Workers' Party team at the May 7 polls, giving the Opposition party their first win in a GRC.

To fully understand residents' sentiments, MPs should have their own feelers on the ground and cultivate various sources of feedback, said MPs.

Mr Zaqy Mohamad, MP for Hong Kah GRC, said Singaporeans are "generally kind people" who might not reflect any negative feelings to MPs during meetings.

He added: "MPs have to be able to go to the ground to get first-hand feedback ... and have your own informal network."

MP for Tampines GRC Baey Yam Keng, also stressed the importance of having different sources for "balanced and true feedback".

The information MPs get "may be filtered" as grassroots leaders, while "dedicated and committed", might "sometimes choose to tell you more positive things than the negative", said Mr Baey, who visits online forums and holds regular chat sessions with residents.


Do you feel that PAP always say they willing to listen but yet in the end just bulldoze their way? Do you feel that there is a disconnect between the ground and PAP?

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