Singapore in 2016: life after Lee Kuan Yew

Kenneth Paul TAN, Augustin Boey

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For Singapore, life after Lee Kuan Yew is challenging. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been slow to identify and groom his successor. Constitutional amendments to the elected presidency to ensure ethnic minority representation met with some scepticism from a more politically sophisticated citizenry. Opposition politics continued to evolve with some uncertainty. Key aspects of the education system were reformed, aimed partly at equipping the Singapore workforce with the resources and means to keep themselves relevant and productive as disruptive technologies continue to transform the nature of work; and partly to move to a more compassionate and continuous meritocracy. Without the benefit of Lee Kuan Yew's international stature, Singapore will continue to have to find its way through a more dangerous world where superpower China's friendliness to Singapore can no longer be taken for granted and where terrorism has become much more than a possible and sometimes distant threat.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-333
Number of pages21
JournalSoutheast Asian Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017


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