Wanted: Vision of Singapore based on values, not just economic value

Countries struggle to maintain a national identity amid the challenges Globalisation 4.0 poses. The Republic is no exception.
Countries struggle to maintain a national identity amid the challenges Globalisation 4.0 poses. The Republic is no exception.PHOTO: ST FILE

The old narrative of material success and survival against the odds doesn't spur the young. To root young people to Singapore, we need a vision based on being a global city of opportunities, and being inclusive and embracing differences.

A recent casual chat with a friend turned to emigration, that old chestnut of an issue.

She is a 24-year-old law student, and is all set on a legal career when she finishes her studies. Asked if she would consider leaving Singapore to work one day, she responded starkly: "If Singapore doesn't serve your interest, why should you serve hers?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2019, with the headline 'Wanted: Vision of S'pore based on values, not just economic value'. Print Edition | Subscribe