If we do not address this crisis, Singapore will wither away with time.
The answer to the issues facing mankind is not to have more children but to sustain our resources wisely. As a country of immigrants, we should welcome immigrants – Asians, Europeans, South Americans and Africans, and not let any single race dominate. It is important to build a truly strong multi-cultural Singapore core and identity. In the emerging digital paradigm, we require diversity of thinking, talent and skills sets to thrive. We are too small to be insular. I believe Singaporeans can be rallied to support this, if more thought is put into this.
American greatness stemmed from a historical DNA that welcomed immigrants throughout the world. Hence, it has been able to renew itself, and be a leader in business, arts and the sciences. We can create an equally compelling island of dynamism too in the next 50-100 years. I see this crisis as an opportunity. I believe we can change our mindset and reinvent ourselves in order to thrive as an exceptional country.