Strategies for a resilient Singapore
As Singapore gears up for its 50th anniversary of independence next year, the country and its people are looking with anticipation to its leaders for the key directions and focus that will shape its future in the next five decades and beyond.
Indeed, much global attention will also be focused on the country as it maps out its future amid new challenges from both within and outside its borders. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong touched on some of these at the recent National Day Rally.
It was his last before next year’s 50th jubilee and in his speech, Mr Lee highlighted elements of the “new way forward” for the country.
More details about the future path of Singapore will emerge in the months ahead. But Mr Lee dropped a few hints as he spoke about a number of issues close to the hearts of Singaporeans, including changes to the Central Provident Fund, plans to improve the delivery of municipal services and the need to continue using education as a key pathway to enable people from all backgrounds to succeed in life. These issues affect many Singaporeans, but at the same time, there is a growing search for a new or modified paradigm for both domestic and international affairs.
We believe that there will not be only one way forward, but rather several. Singapore’s future resilience rests on a range of social, economic and foreign policy measures currently under way, many of which are going in the right direction.
However, more needs to be done.
A WORLD IN FLUX
Singapore has come a long way in a relatively short period of time and much has been written about the country’s achievements in the face of adversity. But changes in its society and among its people have brought about new challenges domestically.