31 Dec '11, 9am

Social capital will define S'pore's success as a nation: PM Lee

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans must strengthen their values of tolerance, mutual respect and empathy, as their country's success as a nation is increasingly defined not just in economic terms but also by the country's social capital. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made the call in his 2012 New Year message on Saturday, saying the effort must go beyond being civil and considerate. He said it involves actively appreciating others' perspectives, caring for fellow citizens, conducting a constructive public discourse and accepting the need to make compromises that benefit the majority. Mr Lee said these are essential attributes of a mature, gracious society, which he believes Singaporeans want for their country. He said he is glad to see signs of such positive engagement emerging and cited the work of nature, heritage and other interest groups as an example. He praised them for workin...

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