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Will Singaporeans grow tired of the status quo?

27 Jun 2018

DURING an interview with the Financial Times on May 29, 2018, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying: "I think the people of Singapore, like the people in Malaysia, must be tired of having the same government, the same party since independence". It is perhaps in his character to express such a view.

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Singapore has successfully transformed itself from the third to the first world within a few decades. Singapore's achievements can be attributed to the "DNA" of its public policy formulation which was pioneered by the country's old guard under the leadership of Lee Kuan Yew. This "DNA" can be summarised in the following five tenets:


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Tan Khee Giap

Co-director of the Asia Competitiveness Institute and Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore