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Rajaratnam acknowledging that part of their responsibility

Rajaratnam believed that having a democracy of deeds that guides society should be Singapore’s vision as a country. A democracy of deeds posits a number of points. First, it deems that societal issues should be resolved through action and not by mere words. Secondly, problem solving should not only be the responsibility of the state. Thirdly, people within the democracy of deeds should understand the domestic and foreign realities of the country, thereby acknowledging that part of their responsibility is to also to protect the public’s security alongside the state. Solving problems in such a democracy involves pragmatism, whereby the public are participants in finding and executing solutions to societal issues. A real democracy involves as many people as possible not just through voting. By getting people to participate, they would be better aware of the trials and limitations within society and therefore, have more ownership and stake in social issues.Under democracy of deeds, action and outcome are what defines good governance. What Singapore needs therefore, are men of virtue in political positions and this would mean parties that question and provide constructive feedback to serve as providing multiple perspectives, which can be seen as a problem-solving approach. Rajaratnam called for citizen participation on all levels, where it’s citizens are involved in society and who are willing to  engage in the community to work together for the good of society. Progress of such a democracy would all depend on the consensus between citizens and national leaders on their political stand and purpose.As an example, Rajaratnam lead the movement to give more power to the people by setting up town councils for them to engage a part in their community. In today’s context, the OSC (Our Singapore Conversation) was launched based on the principles of establishing a democracy of deeds to get people talking about their aspirations and to keep citizens on the same page.