Eight in 10 Singaporeans reject government help

individiualismIn Singapore, a recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies found that eight in 10 locals prefer to rely on themselves rather than the government in these uncertain times. This is a surprising result, as the Singapore government has historically provided direct assistance to people and businesses.

Self-reliance is a predictable reaction to uncertainty. What is more intriguing is the idea that this may be the start of a shift back to individualistic values. Will people become more self-directed in the next few years? Will the zeitgeist be about “me” instead of “us”? As societal values of the time shape how we plan for brands, this possibility seems worth investigating.

3 Responses to “Eight in 10 Singaporeans reject government help”


  • Eight in 10 rejected government help AFTER they have given the merry going around when they approached the government for help.

    Soon, “public assistance” will be a dirty term, just like “welfare” is a dirty, according to you know who …

  • Is this another attempt by our government to ditch its responsiblities to help the poor?

    This survey by the Institute of Policy Studies under the umbrella of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy surveyed citizens aged 21 years and above, and ‘found’ that 80 percent of them didn’t require any help.

    What about the 20 per cent who required help? Where did they conduct their survey? Did they conduct their survey in the posh banks and offices or do they go down to the heartland kopitiams where the down and out usually hang out?

    80 percent don’t need help. Still the government dish out billions as jobs credit to help those who don’t need help! They should help those who are retrenched instead of saying they don’t need help.

    Crutched mentality?

  • Irgen – Your concern for the needy is sympathetic but:

    1)Your disapproval of the research methodology is shallow, to say the least. I suggest you follow the link on the survey and get acquainted with its methodology. Otherwise you incur in sounding like a mad dog barking about nothing.

    2)Also the survey is about resilience, not about needs as you suggest. In other words, it’s about people preferring not to get help from the government rather than their level of need.

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