30 Oct '11, 11pm

Will vanishing Asian values harm Singapore's long-term survival, asks our reader.

MR DAVID Mason offers a good review of Singapore's success but concludes with a stark but well-intended reminder that Asians have a tradition of respect for their elders and Singaporeans are in danger of losing it; and if they do, they will put Singapore at risk ('Singapore's success: An observer's take'; last Thursday). The vanishing tradition of respecting elders is just the tip of the iceberg and Mr Mason has diplomatically skirted the other Singaporean values which are also in danger of extinction. How many of us have ever taken a serious look at the issue and linked it to Singapore's long-term survival? Are we still unaware of the potential danger and do we need foreigners like Mr Mason to remind us not to part with our Asian traditions? We, young and old, should do some soul-searching ourselves. We must rethink the relevance and importance of mother tongue languages ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/OnlineStory/STIStory_...

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