As mud, dust and fire swirl around the bitter feud taking place within Singapore’s pre-eminent Lee family, a calm, highly thoughtful, impressively knowledgeable voice emerges on new media presenting the fruits of his soul-searching on the kind of political system Singapore needs in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era. The article is also highly balanced, and therefore I consider it a must-read for all Singaporeans.
GP students have much to learn from the way the writer argues for his point – a healthy respect for the facts, a determination to be fair to even the opposite point of view and respect for different perspectives, and making his case with force and authentic feeling while backing up his statements with logic.
We have been in a limbo for a while now about where we want to go. As usual, in our country, the talk is about the future of the economy. Interestingly, the future economy is not going to tie in well with a model of authoritarian control. Free-spiritedness and creative thinking will be the currency of the future. There is obviously a realisation within policy circles that we need to get prepared for technological disruption. The only problem is that while everyone foresees disruption, nobody is willing to take bold steps to free up this society.
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