I got this in the email recently. The Feedback Unit will be holding an e-Townhall meeting on 19 February to discuss this year's Budget Statement. (Yes, I'm not only a member of the online Feedback group (though I've hardly participated), but also receive their newsletter.) A few things came to mind when reading it:
- What's up with the name "e-Townhall"? Feedback Unit, the 1990s called. They want their "e-" prefix back.
- Only government correspondences use numbered paragraphs. I've never come across this oddity in other correspondences, official or otherwise.
- A chance to actually dialogue with ministers (assuming that they're the ones physically banging on their keyboards and not some lackeys)? But why doesn't Minister Tharman himself participate? For a discussion this important, I'd rather hear from the horse's mouth (no disrespect to the minister or those involved).
eTownhall Meeting on 19 February 2008--
1 The Minister for Finance, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam will deliver the Budget 2008 Statement in Parliament on 15 February 2008. Are you already thinking of airing your views on the Budget 2008 initiatives? Do you agree with Government’s spending priorities? Do you think it addresses the primary concerns of Singaporeans?
2 REACH is providing you an opportunity to engage public leaders on Budget 2008. Join Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Dr Amy Khor, Chairman of REACH and Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Vice-Chairman of REACH in our e-Townhall meeting from 7.00 to 9.00pm on Tuesday 19 February 2008 to discuss Budget 2008 and its initiatives.
3 The e-Townhall meeting is a real time web-chat. To participate, simply register your interest with REACH at firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for registration is 18 February 2008, Monday. However, we strongly encourage members of the public to register early.
4 For enquiries, please contact REACH at email@example.com or 1800-353 5555.
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