This is part of my month-long “Brevity is Clarity” endeavour, inspired by a friend’s Facebook post (here) which reminded me of the importance of getting points across cleanly and clearly. 160 words, 5 points, 1 issue. Check out the complete collection (here).
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If you are as lazy busy as I am, you are not going to dissect the Population White Paper; instead, based on news reports and the figure per se, here are some perspectives:
1. Can our public transportation systems handle it? Or am I consigned to feeling awkward and uneasy when trapped right in the middle of a train carriage?
2. There will be more individuals with dissimilar nationalities, ethnicities, beliefs, sexualities… Beyond the figures, are we – as a supposedly “conservative” society – ready for such diversity?
3. Can we continue to justify the need for National Service (here)? With more foreigners, how should a Singaporean men feel at school (where he is two years behind); at the workplace (where yearly trainings are still required)?
4. Will the cost-of-living continue to rise? Can we maintain or enhance our social support systems, to make sure that low-income households get the assistance they need?
5. What will it mean to be a Singaporean? Will it even be important?