PM: Singapore not centre of world


THE bochap attitude among Singapore’s youth is the greatest challenge they face, said Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. 

Lamenting their “general apathy,” he told Shin Min Daily:They think Singapore is the centre of the world, and the world revolves around it. 

“They are not aware that there are big challenges happening outside, great developments in the region and that these would have an impact on their lives.” 

Understanding and preparing for these developments are of paramount importance, he said.  

But the young are likely to shrug off his view, Goh acknowledged. Getting a good job, having a high income and buying a nice property are far more important to them. 

“So, it is back to the so-called 5Cs,” he said, referring to the standard joke about Singaporeans’ obsession with owning a car, cash, credit card, condominium and country club membership. 

While he was quick to stress that such aspirations are not wrong, they have saddled the government with its greatest challenge: how to bridge the gap in perception and help the young achieve their ambitions. 

To pave the way, he said, the government must explain the big-picture challenges confronting Singapore. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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