It has been an eventful and trying year for Singaporeans. The Covid-19 pandemic inflicted a shocking shutdown of the economy for several weeks which no one had expected. Even now, as hopes rise for an end to the pandemic, Singapore has to ask itself whether longstanding strategies, such as relying heavily on tourism and aviation as engines of growth, can be sustained. As a result, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has signalled that the political succession may be delayed so that his generation of leaders have time to repair the damage and hand over a better-positioned Singapore to the next generation of leaders.

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