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Singaporeans will benefit from good education and economic policies: MP Vikram Nair

The right macroeconomic policies and an education system which allows Singaporeans to benefit are two things Singapore should have if it is to remain a land of opportunity, said Member of Parliament Vikram Nair on Monday (May 26).

SINGAPORE: The right macroeconomic policies and an education system which allows Singaporeans to benefit are two things Singapore should have if it is to remain a nation of opportunity, said Member of Parliament Vikram Nair on Monday (May 26).

Speaking at the debate on the President's address, Mr Nair said Singapore has benefited from being an open economy with a proactive government that seeks out high-value sectors that give Singaporeans opportunities.

However, he warned that macroeconomic policies will only work if there is a skilled workforce with the appropriate mindset and attitude.

He said the school system in Singapore is special because it creates opportunities at all levels, and cited the example of the Sports School which allows students flexibility in the curriculum.

Mr Nair is also one of many MPs who touched on the issue of constructive politics. He said it would be tragic if the focus was on politics and not the policies that help people.

Constructive politics was about working together and not bringing down people who were trying to solve the problem.

He recounted his conversations with politicians from other countries, noting that they lived from election to election without a long term perspective.

Mr Nair said constructive politics was not about "playing games" against party members or other political parties, and hoped that Singapore's collegiate system of government can continue for some time to come.

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