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No alternative to meritocracy, says Lawrence Wong

Published on Jan 28, 2013 11:47 AM
Mr Lawrence Wong will be the Acting Minister for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) from 1 November 2012. ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said on Monday that meritocracy has served Singapore well and there was no real alternative to it.

Speaking at the Singapore Perspectives forum, organised by the Institute of Policy Studies, he said the Government nevertheless understood concerns that unfettered meritocracy might undermine fairness and breed inequality.

"The challenge for us is to improve our system of meritocracy," he said.

He warned against two forms of negative meritocracy that Singapore ought to avoid.

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