The Remaking Singapore Committee was formed on 14 February 2002 to reshape the existing political, social and cultural norms of Singapore. Led by then Minister of State for National Development Vivian Balakrishnan, the focus of the committee was to recommend a new order that would steer Singaporeans away from the “five Cs” – careers, condos, clubs, credit cards and cars – commonly equated with the Singapore Dream. The committee was divided into five sub-committees that were tasked to take Singapore beyond the materialistic credo. The five sub-committees were: Beyond Careers, Beyond Condos, Beyond Clubs, Beyond Credit Cards and Beyond Cars.
The idea for the Remaking Singapore Committee was first mentioned by then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in his 2001 new year message. In his message, Goh acknowledged that the government in its forward-looking “remaking Singapore” project needed to look beyond economics to understand the changing aspirations and expectations of the third generation of post-independence Singaporeans. He also noted that the findings of the Remaking Singapore Committee would serve as a social and political counterpart to complement the report of the Economic Review Committee, which was tasked to recalibrate the country’s economic strategies in response to an increasingly globalised and competitive external environment.
The findings of the Remaking Singapore Committee were submitted to the prime minister in June 2003, and published as a report titled Changing Mindsets, Deepening Relationships. In the report, the committee put forth a set of proposals for renewal and change that were categorised under four themes: A Home for All Singaporeans, A Home Owned, A Home for All Seasons and A Home to Cherish.
A Home for All Singaporeans called for the strengthening of the Singaporean identity and social cohesion through initiatives such as liberalising the usage of national symbols; a renewed emphasis on Singaporean values and ideas; enhancing National Education in schools; and introducing greater diversity and customisation in the school system. A Home Owned called for the further relaxation of rules to encourage the growth of spaces for expression and experimentation, groups and associations, and other platforms in schools and housing estates to engage Singaporeans. A Home for All Seasons pressed for greater gender equality as well as more pro-family practices in the workplace. A Home to Cherish recommended more financial measures to help the needy as well as the enlargement of social safety nets. Most of the proposals put forth by the committee in its report were accepted by the government.
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