SINGAPORE (Feb 18): The latest session of Parliament saw ministers step up to address a series of recent incidents that has led many to wonder whether the Singapore government was losing its touch or, worse, slackening.

The latest incidents, which include deaths during Singapore Armed Forces training and the HIV database leak, come as issues with the reliability of postal, transport and power services, as well as severe breaches of data privacy, are still fresh in the public’s mind. They have drawn commentary in the national newspapers about whether there are deep-seated complacencies in our systems, as well as how the next generation of Singapore’s political leaders, known as the 4G, needs to win over the people’s trust.

Indeed, there are now concerns that any deep-seated problems could have implications for the broader economy, particularly as Singapore faces a fast-changing and challenging global environment.

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