29 Dec '11, 11am

Social change in S'pore under way

SINGAPORE: More Singaporeans this year have spoken up and acted on a slew of social causes from heritage conservation and environmental protection to animal welfare. In June, Singapore saw its first-ever public forum on animal welfare polices. Observers said this is not unusual, for a developed country with an educated population. National University of Singapore Political Science Department Assistant Professor Reuben Wong said: "Singaporeans find it remarkable because we've been used to a certain kind of politics which I'd describe as abnormal, where the citizenry has been depoliticised, where there is one overwhelming party or sometimes just one party in Parliament." At the National Day Rally in August, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had urged Singaporeans to come forward to play a larger and positive role on issues affecting the country. Leading the way in this effort a...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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