Welfare Development in Singapore. History of Singapore. Colonial Period. Self-governing, Merge ? Split with Malaya. Independence (1965). The Context. From colonial: free-market & administrative system Ideological: Confucianism (Orientalism) PAP’s leftism
Self-governing, Merge ?
Split with Malaya
& potential tension
with Malaysia &
A Long-term strategy to build the nation and to react to its
Our community lacks in-built reflexes…
our society and its education system was
never designed to produce a people
capable of cohesive action, identifying
their collective interests and then acting
in furtherance of them ….
The reflexes of group thinking must be
built to ensure the survival of the
community, not the individual ….
Lee Kuan-yew, 1966
We are a complex, multi-racial
community with little sense of
common history, with a group
purpose which is yet to be properly
articulated. We are in the process
of rapid transition towards a
destiny which we do not yet know….
Goh Keng Swee
Minister of Interior and Defence
Welfare policy serving all three emphasis
(you get what you contribute…..)
Liberal Welfare State