Singapore's growing generation gap: Divide between young and old along social and political lines

From the "OK, boomer" online phenomenon to 17-year-olds scolding adults on climate change, 2019 showed a global divide between the young and the old along social and political lines. Tee Zhuo examines the implications of this growing gap between generations for Singapore.

"What is your response to the older generation? Do you just ignore us?"

In posing this question to a panel of young academics and activists at an Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) forum last week, former senior minister of state Zainul Abidin Rasheed said the inter-generational gap is now an issue in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2020, with the headline 'Growing generation gap'. Print Edition | Subscribe