26 Feb '11, 2pm

Meritocracy has to be balanced with sense of community, says SM Goh: SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong sa...

SINGAPORE: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong said Singapore's emphasis on meritocracy has to be balanced with a sense of community and service to others. He said otherwise, Singapore stands the risk of nurturing a selfish population. "Just emphasising meritocracy alone is like standing on one leg. You need the other leg in order to be stable." The second leg, Mr Goh said, is community. "You want to think beyond yourself, beyond the family to the community." Mr Goh noted that "sometimes you would step on other people, on their backs, in order to go up to the top of the heap. That's not the kind of society we want." He added that help should extend not just to the needy. "Even with able people, you need to reach out to one another to bond, especially since we are a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society." Mr Goh was addressing youth leaders at a ceremony to mark the end of the Ne...

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