18 Feb '13, 2am

Youth turning their backs on "Singapore Dream"

Youth turning their backs on "Singapore Dream"

By Eveline Danubrata SINGAPORE | Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:40pm EST SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Ong Hui Juan spent nearly four years working in a British bank in Singapore, but decided to leave last year to pursue her passion of working with youth - an unusual and surprising decision in the achievement-oriented city state. But Ong, 25, is just one of a growing number of young Singaporeans who are turning their backs on the material joys of the long-cherished "Singapore Dream," summed up as the "Five C's" - cash, car, credit card, condominium and country club membership - to do what they enjoy, even at much lower pay. "I wanted to get out of a nine-to-five job. It was waiting for bonus after bonus, promotion after promotion. That didn't really appeal to me," said Ong, who studied banking and finance at university, but had worked with young people on the side. "I don't need to be very ri...

Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/18/us-singapore-dr...

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