Poll: Singapore society is ‘kiasu’ and ‘competitive’
Posted by temasektimes on August 24, 2012
Singapore society is highly ‘kiasu’, competitive, self-centred, defined by material needs, and “kiasi’, a term which literally means being afraid of death, said the majority of respondents in an independent survey by local consulting firm aAdvantage and the Barrett Values Centre.
The study polled 2,000 Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents representing different gender, ages and living in different housing types.
Speaking to queries from the media, CEO of Barrett Values Centre, Phil Clothier thinks Singapore residents’ honesty in acknowledging these potentially-limiting values is a good sign that they are open to change and improvement.
Echoing his views, Mr Baey Yam Keng, deputy chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Information, Communications and the Arts, agreed:
“I think it’s a reflection that Singaporeans can also be self-critical, and realise our own shortcomings and there are certain areas we need to improve. I think it’s not necessarily bad, because it means we’re being honest, and hopefully we can turn ourselves in the direction that we can all improve as a society in the way we think, in the way we behave.”