How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion?

YES: Singaporean society should adopt a highly open approach towards discussing unpopular views as doing so facilitates our capacities to develop a liberal and progressive society.   

  1. With rising levels of education and the desire toengage proactively in societal issues, Singaporeans should be much more open in discussing unpopular and potentially controversial political views as doing so will help the country develop a more mature political and civic landscape. 

  2. Some unpopular views may shed light on important national matters and issues which have thus far been obscured by public ignorance and misunderstanding, making their discussion an important ethical and moral duty for concerned citizens.

  3. Some unpopular views may help raise public awareness and support for marginalized and stigmatized groups in society, making it imperative that we do so as the basis for creating an inclusive society.

NO: Singaporean society should adopt a more restrained approach towards discussing unpopular views as doing so reaffirms our national ethos of building a society centered upon consensus and compromise.   

  1. Rising levels of education and the desire to engage proactively in societal issues inevitably mean that Singaporeans will take sides on unpopular and potentially controversial politically views, making their open discussion inadvisable as they will lead to the polarization of society.

  2. Some unpopular views may have already been rejected by Singaporeans o morally and ethically sound grounds and bringing them up in open discussions should be roundly condemned as such actions sabotage our attempts to develop and sustain a progressive society centered on civilized norms and debate.

  3. Some unpopular views may raise the profile of and support for radical individuals or groups and they should be accordingly rejected by most Singaporeans whose interest centers on creating an inclusive society.