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Social problems in Singapore

Post by warrigal » Sat, 27 Dec 2008 6:12 am

I'm considering immigrating to Singapore when I've completed my studies. I currently live in the UK (although I'm not native British). I've a lot of questions but would first like to enquire about the community in general and specifically social problems in Singapore. What is the attitude of the youth towards learning and their elders? Is drugs and alcohol a problem? What are the social problems in Singapore? Compared to Europe is Singapore socially liberal or conservative. I'm in particular interested in comments from British expats but all responses will be appreciated.

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Post by ksl » Wed, 31 Dec 2008 2:25 pm

warrigal wrote:I'm considering immigrating to Singapore when I've completed my studies. I currently live in the UK (although I'm not native British). I've a lot of questions but would first like to enquire about the community in general and specifically social problems in Singapore. What is the attitude of the youth towards learning and their elders? Is drugs and alcohol a problem? What are the social problems in Singapore? Compared to Europe is Singapore socially liberal or conservative. I'm in particular interested in comments from British expats but all responses will be appreciated.
Is this Warrington calling? Singapore is much better than UK in the social environment context, however it can get quite boring after a few years, all shopping malls are the same, not like the UK. Crime is low, but there! Jobs are hard to come by, and i suspect will get much harder to find after the New Year. I'm from the rough end of Lancaster, and would still prefer to be there in comparison...nothing like the Countryside in UK, and the villages.

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Post by warrigal » Fri, 02 Jan 2009 3:49 am

however it can get quite boring after a few years
A "boring" social environment is how I like it. It is not that I don't like excitement, but I would like to live in a predictable environment and be in control of my life. However, the most important issue to me is the future of my wife and son. The liberal European environment where children are exposed to sex, drug and alcohol from a young age is a tat too much for me. Futhermore, in the West children don't value education anymore. It is all about being a movie or football star. I think in the East it is different.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 02 Jan 2009 7:24 am

warrigal wrote:
however it can get quite boring after a few years
A "boring" social environment is how I like it. It is not that I don't like excitement, but I would like to live in a predictable environment and be in control of my life. However, the most important issue to me is the future of my wife and son. The liberal European environment where children are exposed to sex, drug and alcohol from a young age is a tat too much for me. Futhermore, in the West children don't value education anymore. It is all about being a movie or football star. I think in the East it is different.
It's a predictable environment for sure. But as to 'you' being in control of your life, that's up to discussion. This isn't exactly a freewheeling society even if they try to project that.

Depending on the ages of your children, e.g., if they are still quite young, you might want to consider all the educational possibilities here. Do a search on the Parenting and Education Forum for numerous discussion both pro and con on both.

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Post by smayrhofer » Fri, 02 Jan 2009 10:25 am

There is definitely less exposure to drugs than there would be in Europe (based on my personal experience), but sex and alcohol probably depend on the community in Singapore which you hang with.

For sex, alcohol, and attitude towards education, I think it depends to a large extent on which schools you attend and your upbringing. Personally, I completely agree that I would feel extremely uncomfortable with raising a teenager in the UK. I would feel safer raising a kid herein Singapore rather than in the UK. In local schools, where education is valued and drugs are virtually nonexistent.

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Post by Zeenit » Fri, 02 Jan 2009 3:17 pm

warrigal wrote:
however it can get quite boring after a few years
I would like to live in a predictable environment and be in control of my life. However, the most important issue to me is the future of my wife and son.


You are aware that if you talking about a perm move to Singapore you son will have to do his National Service for Singapore. Please read about people conplaining abut their sons doing theit bit.
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