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Interviewed on generational change in Singapore politics, for Rappler, 9 August 2015

" ... Yet this model focusing on material wellbeing led to more sophisticated demands. Kenneth Paul Tan, vice dean at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, partly attributes the discontent to a generational gap. 'An earlier generation might have felt very grateful, maybe more compliant but younger Singaporeans did not grow up like that. They were born into more affluent situations. The efficiency, sanitation were there. They don't compare ourselves to cities doing badly. They compare ourselves to cities doing very well. So expectations are high for this government.' Despite being in a wealthy, high-tech metropolis, Singapore's workers rank as the unhappiest in Asia, and have one of the longest work hours in the world. The hub for finance is also the most expensive in the globe, with a rising cost of living.


Vice Dean Tan, also chair of the Asian Film Archive, said that censorship hurts the development of the arts as well. 'The real meaning of jubilee is forgiveness for past sins. If we took our jubilee in that spirit, it sets a stronger foundation for Singapore to go forward, and we should let the artists, people dealing with the soul of Singapore, contribute to that effort,' Tan said."

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