Has the Asian Miracle turned into the Asian Mirage? When and how will the region recover? Can Singapore weather the economic crisis and political instability?
What is being done to heal those fault-lines opened by the hardball politics of the General Election 1997? Did the PAP's legitimacy increase or decrease after the election?
Why haven't Singaporeans voiced a chorus of welcome to the Prime Minister's call for changing mindsets? Are they cynical or just apathetic?
These are some of the burning questions discussed in this book. Contributors include diplomat Tommy Koh, politician Inderjit Singh, academics Tan Kong Yam, S. Gopinathan, Derek da Cunha, Simon Tay and Francis Chong, businessmen Philip Ng and Manu Bhaskaran and journalists Han Fook Kwang and Cherian George.
Singapore: The Year in Review 1997 is a collection of papers presented at a conference organized buy the Institute of Policy Studies, a leading public policy think-tank in Singapore. It is the seventh in a series which began in 1991. The annual YIR conferences and publications attempt to distil the most salient developments of each year in a concise and coherent fashion.
More than a mere record of events of the past, this book offers analysis and insights on future trends in the region.