The world has indeed become increasingly borderless and complex, due to global connectivity, mobility and competition ("PM: No easy choices on foreign worker, immigrant policies"; Aug 3).
This puts the Government between a rock and a hard place when making policies and decisions in almost every sphere, especially in the crucial areas of economy and national identity.
Building an economy and building a nation require different fundamentals.
•To build an economy, you need talents. To build a nation, you need patriots.
Globalisation has made national economies borderless, but physical borders must remain sacred and static.
A vibrant economy requires high dynamism and competitiveness; a proud nation needs good stability and a deep soul.
Being profitable is the ultimate objective in an economy; being fruitful is a much more attractive proposition for a nation.
Granted, a nation cannot be considered successful without a successful economy, but a failing nation surely cannot sustain any substantial economy.
Going for maximum growth that bursts the digestive capacity of the population would naturally bring about a toxic reflux detrimental to all stakeholders.
A better approach is to go for optimum growth, where the population is stretched to its maximum potential but still feels at home, secure and optimistic.
Ho Chee Khuen