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Singapore’s political system and itself will fail not by corruption or incompetence but by systemic failure of imagination and will for change

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12.06.2018

by Tay Kheng Soon

Unlike the fall of the Najib regime It may well be that the Singapore political system and Singapore itself will fail not by corruption or incompetence but by systemic failure of imagination and will for change. It’s a very different kind of malady peculiar to a small rich city state.

Traditional analysis based on electoral performance and governance does not pay appropriate attention to creeping moral inertia.

What is moral inertia? Moral inertia starts when unpleasant truths are swept under the carpet. People don’t voice out their deeper thoughts. They only want to say nice things or vent their spleen in wild invective and rude language.

This is the result of a number of factors. First is the de facto belief in excessive caution due to smallness and fear of disorder. This is itself based on a widespread........

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