We know the ground has shifted. We know Singaporeans are more vocal. From the Rail Corridor to Bukit Brown to Dairy Farm Estate to Pasir Ris Greenbelt to Limau Estate Woodlands, Singaporeans are speaking up on the proposed development plans. We have seen petition after petition, and dialogue session after session, one can’t help but wonder whether residents and the people have been consulted before the planning?
Moving forward, it is likely we would see more disagreements and opposition to future urbanisation, housing and road plans for Singapore. Active citizens and NGOs can’t keep on “fighting” one issue after the other, and signing one petition after the other. It is tiring, ineffective and unproductive. It is time for the relevant planning authorities to reflect and change how they do their work.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by the late Stephen R. Covey is a classic book on personal change and leading change. The 7 Habits could be adapted to serve as a useful reminder and tool for the planning authorities to think about if they wish to change how they do things. Read more