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Values, vision for Singapore's future get airing at dialogue

Top concern on population woes: Will I feel like a stranger in S'pore?

Published on Oct 10, 2012 6:00 AM
 
When some 220 people were asked what were their biggest concerns on Singapore's population challenges, most of them were not too bothered about the nuts and bolts of pragmatic policy. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

When some 220 people were asked what were their biggest concerns on Singapore's population challenges, most of them were not too bothered about the nuts and bolts of pragmatic policy.

Instead, many wanted to know the answer to the question: "Will I feel like a stranger in Singapore?"

It was the top concern raised in one of two polls conducted during a dialogue on population issues last night. When presented with a list of six concerns by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, almost a quarter of the participants voted for this question.

Indeed, it reflected the tenor of much of last night's discussion, with participants homing in on the values and visions of Singapore's future they wanted to see.

 
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