Your Say: Whats Your Vision for Singapore 2030?

In Our Singapore Conversation Special, Challenge asked readers to share one area of change they’d like to see happen in Singapore by 2030.
Your Say: Whats Your Vision for Singapore 2030?

Pek Jia Hui,
To many Singaporeans, being successful means being wealthy, powerful or even famous. We see so many Singaporeans work long and hard hours just for the sake of seeing the number in their bank account grow. If we ask them, “Do you enjoy your work? Are you fulfilling your passion?” Many will say, “No, this is just a job.” Many of us have dreams. I have a young friend who is going into customer service instead of pursuing his interest in writing because he doesn’t believe he can be successful as a Singaporean writer. Is that why I see so many glum faces on the MRT every morning? I’m quite sure we’re not worrying about an MRT breakdown. By 2030, it’d be splendid if Singaporeans dare to take risks, to break out of monotony and seek their true passion and purpose in life. Collectively, we will become a more driven society that has room for the incubation and growth of dreams, for one and all.

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Sarifudin Bin Sapari,
I’d love to see real change in our education landscape for disabled children and children with learning disabilities. Their education should be managed by the government and not left to the civic groups as they have limited resources. More needs to be done by the government for the better treatment and education of these children. Only then can the government claim that it is taking care of every single citizen and we regard our nation as a First World country.

Alvin Tan,
I would like to see a Singapore where our children can have an enjoyable childhood and are brought up to understand that failure is just a learning milestone. I hope they will have the passion to learn, excel and share.

Gavin Tay,
I’d like to see our society becoming truly cosmopolitan. The recent Amy Cheong case highlighted the pressing need to examine how Singaporeans view one another and the foreigners who live and work here. Singaporeans tend to stick with those who share their beliefs and lead the same way of life. This lack of exposure to other races is a breeding ground for skewed beliefs about one another. I hope Singaporeans will realise that a cosmopolitan society can emerge not just through the oft-repeated methods of tolerance and accommodation, but also through increased interaction and mutual respect.

Jeannie Chew,
I hope to see a more tolerant and appreciative society, where people are polite and pleasant. I hope to see Singapore soar on the happiness index, not where we are at present. I hope to see all drivers signal early and give way, and an efficient and safe bicycle culture that is here to stay. I hope to see neighbours of all ages and colours gathering not just to have a good time, but banding together to vigilantly fight crime. I hope to see a growing Singapore economy, but without losing our fresh air and greenery. What I hope to see, I cannot list exhaustively. But I hope to see One Singapore, a united nation, my home, forever more.

Editor: For the OSC special, we received close to 100 entries from officers who shared specific areas of change they would like to see happen in 2030 like doubledeck train systems and integrated park connectors.

Sam Ho,
I want to have a Singapore where I see children and elderly folks laughing wherever I go. The laughter of children and elders is a strong indicator of how livable and lovable a city is.

Low Sze Gin,
I hope we can be a country where success is not measured by one’s academic results, salary or material possessions, but by the care, consideration and generosity that we show our fellow men and environment.

Jonathan Tan,
A Singapore where the priorities of the people are set right. Instead of solely focusing on the pursuit of material wealth, Singaporeans will also focus on character building, supporting and helping fellow neighbours and country men, and being considerate to one another. I wish for a Singapore in which my children will not have to feel the full burden, stress and pressures of the rat race, but to enjoy and experience a meaningful life, and having the opportunity to truly pursue their real hopes and dreams.

June Eng Wan Yeong,
By then my kids will be starting to start their families and I will be in the 60s. Hope that Singapore will continue to be an inclusive society for old and young. To have citizens worthy of Singapore. Wish to have less negative incidences that harm the social harmony and to have citizens who care for Singapore and each other.

Kong Xieheng,
My vision: That we do not judge the success of society by the improvement made by the top 10%, but rather the indicators of success are based on the improvement made by the bottom 10%.

Wong Xin Wei,
I would like to see an integrated park connector that runs throughout Singapore from the east, through the various water catchments and then all the way to the western part of Singapore so that long distance runners will have a safe and scenic route to do their training instead of going round and round certain parks. I would also like to see more bicycle lanes being built island wide (think: superhighways for cycling! be it underground or above ground), as this will encourage more people to turn to cycling as an alternative mode of transport to work or school. This will also help to alleviate traffic congestions and lessen the burden on our public transport system. It is not only healthier but also lowers our carbon footprint as a nation!

Tan Shi Hua,
I hope by year 2030, there will be harmony between immigrants and Singaporeans. Just as there is peace and harmony between different racial groups here. I hope everyone works together as one for the future of Singapore. It all about give and take. Our forefather were also immigrants before they decided to settle down in Singapore and create a sense of belonging and home in this land. Over the years of working together towards common goal and been through common history, we have created our own unique cultures, norms, social behaviour and delicious cuisine. As such, we should give them more time to understand and digest our uniqueness. Like what our national song goes, “One people, one nation, one Singapore.” Only by being united as one would Singapore progress.

Mohd Mardiana,
Sydney has a double-deck train system that goes around the city. Looking at Singapore’s crowded MRT system, maybe we could implement that?

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Are you bursting with thankfulness for the blessings or have a renewed zest for life? How will you live 2013? Share with us your goal(s) for the year.

Email us: The best entry will win an attractive prize worth up to $100! All other published entries will win book vouchers worth $30 each. Please include your name, agency email address, agency and contact number. All entries should reach us by January 23, 2013.

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