There’s hedging, there’s mitigation - but you can’t make issues euphemistic
“This is your opinion rather than your question to me, don’t you think?”
Cue the murmurings, gasps and subtle claps.
Today marks the first day of OPMUN at National Junior College, and student delegates were already in for a treat at the passionate dialogue session with Dr Janil Puthucheary. Dr Janil, the Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Communication and Informations (MCI) graced the opening ceremony’s dialogue session with both style and wit.
In the hour long session, he was posed with a myriad of questions from the student delegates. Many of the questions revolved around pertinent issues in Singapore - ranging from the recent Oxley Road saga to highly controversial issues that concern the LGBTQA+ community and casual racism. Such issues have been discussed little in mainstream media, yet it is interesting to note how passionate students are about them.
OPMUN 2017 truly provides an environment to allow student delegates to talk openly about seemingly “taboo” subjects as ultimately, no issues can be solved if there’s no discussion about them in the first place. With the fervent discussions that these delegates have started, it is evident that the upcoming conference sessions will have many more apt moments to behold.