YES: Retaining a sense of tradition is highly important to Singaporeans as some traditions fulfill roles essential to our individual and societal well-being.
Retaining our ethnic traditions is highly essential to Singapore’s cultural identity, as it shapes and affirms citizens’ emotional ties to their families and communities.
Political traditions formed around well-defined public policies, such as Singapore’s multicultural ethos and emphasis on meritocracy, remain highly important to nurturing Singaporeans’ patriotism and faith in the state’s commitment to look after their interests, thereby forming the basis for long-term political stability.
For religiously-inclined Singaporeans, retaining the beliefs, practices and rituals associated with religious traditions remains vital to preserving their moral, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Many cherished civic traditions and values, such as filial piety and caring for the less fortunate, are increasingly vital to developing a caring society, and retaining these traditions nurtures Singaporeans’ desire to actively participate in this aspect of nation-building.
NO: Retaining a sense of tradition may only be marginally important to Singaporeans as some traditions do not contribute much to our individual and societal well-being or are superseded by new practices that are more relevant and useful individual and societal well-being.
As society progresses technologically and the pace of life increases rapidly, some ethnic traditions may become peripheral to younger Singaporeans’ concerns and be replaced by new, globally relevant social practices which are equally effective in shaping emotion ties to one’s family and community.
Some poorly-defined or outdated public policies may have taken on the stature of traditions in our political ethos, and it is more important to remove them, thereby forming the basis for a stronger and more politically inclusive Singapore.
With globalization, many traditional religious beliefs, practices and rituals change and align to global norms or trends, making the retention of older religious frameworks less necessary or vital for Singaporeans’ moral, spiritual and emotional well-being.
New civic causes and trends may develop with the continuing change and transformation of Singapore’s social landscape, and it can be equally important that more groups of Singaporeans adopt them over older civic traditions, so long as these new practices contribute to our collective well-being.