Discussing values can be very subjective and complex matter. Rather than assume our values are simply what is inscribed on pledges or top-down directives from authorities, finding out what the ground organically ascribes to can paint a more accurate picture Thankfully we have consulting firms that do such work with often insightful and illuminating results:
In a nutshell:
aAdvantage Consulting Group and Barrett Values Centre jointly conducted the 2015 National Values Assessment in Singapore that showed the following (not in order of importance):
1. Top 10 values1 Singapore Residents said best describe themselves: Family, friendship, caring, compassion, respect, responsibility, happiness, health, honesty and positive attitude.
2. Top 10 values Singapore Residents perceive reflect the Singapore society today: ‘Kiasu’, ‘kiasi’, competitive, materialistic, self-centred, blame, security, education opportunities, effective healthcare and peace.
3. Top 10 values Singapore Residents said they desire to see in the Singapore society: Affordable housing, effective healthcare, employment opportunities, caring for the elderly, caring for the disadvantaged, quality of life, caring for environment, compassion, peace and concern for future generations.
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