Class the new issue dividing Singaporeans

Race remains an important issue in Singapore, but as times change, more pertinent issues have emerged that are dividing our society.

One of this is the class divide.

Richer citizens live in private property apart from the rest of the society.

Their children are more likely to do well in schools and go on to better schools.

This leads to the problem of elitism and segregation based on class in our national education and society.

We implemented an ethnic quota for housing to deal with racial tensions in the past, but what are we to do now for the class divide?

We need to consider how we are to move forward from here to combat the problem and build inclusivity.

Chang Shao Ken, 20

Polytechnic graduate


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'Class the new issue dividing S'poreans'. Print Edition | Subscribe