SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Affordable housing, effective healthcare, care for the elderly and disadvantaged, juxtaposed against kiasuism, materialism and a penchant for complaining. These are the so-called “values” that Singaporeans have perceived as what defines Singapore society today.

This finding is according to the latest National Value Assessment, a survey conducted among 2,000 Singaporeans under a partnership between the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and business consultancy aAdvantage and Barrett Values Centre, an organisation that developed the survey’s metrics. The survey consisted of three questions, each asking people to pick 10 words out of a list of more than 100, that they felt best described themselves, Singapore society currently and their notion of an ideal Singapore society.

The survey was last done in 2015 and 2012. There were common threads through the years: the prominence of family, health, responsibility and happiness as “values” and “behaviours” that Singaporeans saw in themselves. Notably, there were new terms added to the year’s list: balance — between home and work — and humour. To make way for those two, however, “respect” and “positive attitude” fell out of the list.

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