Singapore Perspectives 2014 "Differences"

Singapore Perspectives is the flagship event of the Institute of Policy Studies.  An annual conference to take stock of recent developments in Singapore, it aims to offer insights into the key trends in the country over the short and medium terms.

The theme of Singapore Perspectives 2014 will be “Differences”: What are the differences that have defined Singapore society in the past and continue to do so in the present? What are the new differences that have emerged in the recent past and how do we propose to overcome them? How will we wrestle with that persistent problem of multi-racial, multi-religious, multi-cultural, multi-diverse societies: Fashion unity out of differences?

Singapore’s demographic diversity was the driving force for our founding leaders as they forged a nation. They sought to navigate the many differences in our ancestral, social and cultural affiliations even as they embarked on the urgent task of nation-building. A decade into the new century, many of our traditional understandings of differences – CMIO, for instance – are being challenged, even as new differences, spawned by immigration, new media and globalisation, emerge.

Singapore Perspectives 2014 will consider the complexity of both our historical and emergent differences, and discuss the public policy implications of these differences. E pluribus unum – “Out of many, one”: How should Singaporeans continue in the never-ending task of giving substance to their common dream?

Speakers at the conference will include Ms Sim Ann, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education; Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; Dr Leslie Teo, Chief Economist of GIC Private Limited; Professor David Chan, Director of the Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University; Professor Chua Beng Huat, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore; and Associate Professor Kwok Kian Woon, College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.  Minister of Education Mr Heng Swee Keat will conclude the conference with a special dialogue.

Please click here to view the programme.
Opening Remarks by Mr Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies
Singapore Perspectives 2014: Insights from the IPS Survey on Race, Religion and Language by Dr Mathew Mathews
Singapore Perspectives 2014: Presentation by Dr. Leslie Teo

Video Highlights
• Opening Remarks by Mr Janadas Devan, Director, Institute of Policy Studies

• IPS Survey on Race, Language and Religion, Presentation by Mathew Mathews

• PANEL I: From Differences, Unity

• PANEL II: Living with New Differences

• DEBATE: Consensus / Contest

• PANEL III: Dialogue with Guest of Honour, Minister for Education, Mr Heng Swee Keat

Media Coverage

The Independent Singapore. 2014. Kishore, Beng Huat verbal duel. 30 January
TODAY. 2014. Govt can do better job of communicating value of working with foreigners: Heng. 29 January
TODAY. 2014. Avoid making meritocracy a dirty word, Says Heng. 29 January
The Straits Times. 2014. S’poreans against sex outside marriage: Poll finding. 29 January
The Straits Times. 2014. Heng: Education can help close some gaps, but…. 29 January
The Straits Times. 2014. 3 in 10 see prejudice based on nationality being more widespread. 29 January
My Paper. 2014. Thumbs down for divorce and homosexuality. 29 January
My Paper. 2014. Local bosses sit better with some Singaporeans. 29 January 2014. The government should celebrate more ordinary Singaporeans who play by the rules, not just the winners. 29 January
The Star Online. 2014. Society still conservative. 29 January
联合早报. 2014. 王瑞杰: 社会要更成功须平衡“多元”与“统一”. 1月29日
联合早报. 2014. 调查: 本地人接触外国出生公民自在感较低. 1月29日
Berita Harian. 2014. Rakyat kian tak selesa dengan warga asing. 29 January
Radio 938LIVE. 2014. Shared spaces, more understanding need to tackle greater diversity: IPS panel. 28 January
Channel NewsAsia. 2014.Most feel level of prejudice in Singapore largely unchanged or eased: IPS. 28 January
Channel NewsAsia. 2014. Politics not everything, says Heng Swee Keat. 28 January
Channel NewsAsia. 2014. Singaporeans still conservative about certain social issues, says IPS survey. 28 January
The Straits Times. 2014. Education alone cannot counter globalisation: Heng Swee Keat.     28 January
The Straits Times. 2014. More nationality-based prejudice than before, IPS survey finds. 28 January
The Straits Times. 2014. Singaporeans still largely conservative, IPS survey finds. 28 January
Yahoo News. 2014. 1 in 2 in Singapore feel premarital sex is wrong: Survey. 28 January
Yahoo News. 2014. Prejudice in Singapore largely seen the same as 5 years ago: survey. 28 January

Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel

Tue 28 January 2014
08:30 AM - 05:15 PM