Class divide: Singapore in danger of becoming academic aristocracy

The class divide became a hot topic for discussion in late 2017 into 2018, after a survey showed quite definitively that class was the biggest divide in Singapore society.
The class divide became a hot topic for discussion in late 2017 into 2018, after a survey showed quite definitively that class was the biggest divide in Singapore society. PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

This is an edited excerpt from a new book by Straits Times Opinion editor and political columnist Chua Mui Hoong, titled Singapore, Disrupted. It is a collection of articles on a nation at the crossroads of change, including the author's commentaries published in The Straits Times over the years. It includes freshly written essays on the class divide, the slow pace of political change and the Lee family.

By Chua Mui Hoong

Straits Times Press

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 03, 2018, with the headline 'Class divide: S'pore in danger of becoming academic aristocracy'. Print Edition | Subscribe