At the 1997 National Day Rally, PM announced the formation of the Singapore 21 Committee (S21C) comprising younger MPs. The mission of the S21C is to identify new ideas for taking Singapore forward in the next century and to develop a consensus for action. PM has since appointed RAdm (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, as Chairman of the S21C.

Committee Members

RAdm Teo Chee Hean has appointed 10 members to the Committee from among the younger Members of Parliament and Nominated Members of Parliament. They are:

1.Dr Lee Tsao Yuan

Nominated Member of Parliament

2.Mr Inderjit Singh

Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC

3.Mr Ahmad Mohd Magad

Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris GRC

4.Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC

5.Mr David Lim

Member of Parliament for Aljunied GRC

6.Mr Seng Han Thong

Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC

7.Mr Chan Soo Sen

Member of Parliament for East Coast GRC

8.Dr Yaacob Ibrahim

Member of Parliament for Jalan Besar GRC

9.Mr Lim Swee Say

Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC

10.Mr Simon Tay

Nominated Member of Parliament


The focus of the Committee will be on "heartware" rather than hardware, and on how to build a vibrant "People" sector in Singapore with a strong sense of community and nationhood through the active participation of Singaporeans in community and national life. Beyond economic and material comforts, the Committee will seek to address the intellectual, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the people.

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference of the Committee are to identify and recommend new ideas for making Singapore a Global City and Best Home. Specifically, the Committee will:

a. consider how Singaporeans can participate actively in building the Global City and Best Home together;

b. gather new ideas and examine their usefulness and feasibility. Emphasis should be on implementable ideas for the People sector, as much as things for the Public sector to do;

c. address the need for developing a consensus for action and other implementation issues; and

d recommend the strategy and mechanism for implementing the various new ideas.


The 1997 National Scenarios, "A Home Divided" and "Hotel Singapore" suggest that all countries face a dual challenge: that of balancing economic growth and social cohesion. While remaining competitive is the most pressing challenge for Singapore today, social divisions are not yet a major problem. However, divisions may grow as we transit to a knowledge-based economy and as society matures and income gaps widen. The National Scenarios also highlight the fact that Singapore faces a far more fundamental challenge in an age when talent will be increasingly mobile, that of attracting talent and rooting our best and brightest in this country.

The S21C has decided to frame these challenges for the future as a set of 5 "dilemmas", each to be discussed in a separate Committee reporting to the S21C. The 5 dilemmas are:

i Internationalisation/regionalisation vs Singapore as Home

ii Less Stressful Life vs Retaining the Drive

iii Attracting Talent vs Looking after Singaporeans

iv The Needs of Senior Citizens vs the Aspirations of the Younger Generation

v Consultation and Consensus vs Decisiveness and Quick Action

The 5 Committees

The 5 Committees should seek to arrive at a deeper understanding of the issues and to proposed concrete and implementable ideas for reconciling these dilemmas as well as guiding principles for shaping the Singapore of the future.

Members of the S21C have been appointed to chair the 5 Committees. A list of the Co-Chairmen for the 5 Committees are attached at Annex.


The 5 Committees will seek to involve Singaporeans in their work. The S21C is scheduled to complete its deliberations by end 1998 and publish a report in the first quarter of 1999.

Issued by : Secretariat

Singapore 21 Committee

Contact: Ms Joyce Chia











Dr Lee Tsao Yuan - Co- Chair ) Internationalisation/Regionalisation

Mr Inderjit Singh - Co-Chair ) vs Singapore as Home


Mr Ahmad Mohd Magad - Co-Chair ) Less Stressful Life

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua - Co-Chair ) vs Retaining the Drive


Mr David Lim - Co-Chair ) Attracting Talent

Mr Seng Han Thong - Co-Chair ) vs Looking after Singaporeans


Mr Chan Soo Sen - Co-Chair ) The Needs of Senior Citizens

Dr Yaacob Ibrahim - Co-Chair ) vs The Aspirations of the Young


Mr Lim Swee Say - Co-Chair ) Consultation and Consensus

Mr Simon Tay - Co- Chair ) vs Decisiveness and Quick Action