Tuesday, November 25, 2014   

Singaporeans face mid-life crisis, urged to help themselves
(08-12 16:27)

Wealthy but pessimistic Singaporeans have been urged by a fomer prime minister to forge a new social compact with their government to overcome a mid-life crisis.
Some policies and programs will need to be updated, or even overhauled, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said on Sunday at a national day event.
"In two years time, Singapore will be 50 years old. We have progressed far as a country but we seem to be trapped in a mid-life crisis. I say this because, according to some surveys, Singaporeans are amongst the world's wealthiest but are also the most pessimistic,'' he said.
"We are now at an inflexion point of our development as a society.''
Reminding Singaporeans of external challeges, he said local issues such as a less cohesive population, falling birth rate, foreign workers and slower economic growth are bigger challenges.
Some policies related to jobs, housing and health care are being reviewed, Goh said.
He told Singaporeans that problems can not be solved in a practical, ruthlessly efficient bureaucratic way anymore, adding that rulers must win hearts.
Goh told Singaporeans they must help themselves and that the government cannot guarantee success or ensure a comfortable, sheltered life for individuals.
He urged Singaporeans to support the government.
   
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