With all the talk and publicity about the National Conversation the last few months, I thought it was rather curious that no news reports (and no reporters, apparently) had asked a pertinent question of the committee – how much has been set aside as budget for the one-year endeavour.
So, seeing how the National Conversation is all about being honest, upfront and transparent about what we want Singapore to be in 2030, in that same spirit, I wrote to the secretariat to enquire about the sum of funding set aside for it.
My original email to the National Conversation committee/secretariat was sent on 18 December 2012.
On 26 December, “Tim” from the Secretariat replied to say that he will get back to me “shortly with a response”.
Having heard nothing from him the next one week, I emailed him again on 2 January 2013.
More than a month passed and I still hadn’t heard from him. So on 15 February, I sent him another email.
And again, there has been total silence.
I’d thought that if I go through the “proper channels” that I would be given answers to my query (as indeed “Tim” promised).
But seriously, taxpayers have a right to know how much is being set aside for the National Conversation, a one-year endeavour. Sadly, though, more than 2 months after my original email and with 2 reminders, all that I have received is total silence.
This doesn’t really inspire confidence in the entire project. Not when it looks like you either have something to hide, or you do not keep to your promise of replying, or even simple basic courtesy, let alone providing answers to queries.
Does anyone know how much its budget is?