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Singaporeans most proud of healthcare system, cleanliness; low scores for press freedom, treatment of migrant workers: Study

Channel News Asia, Singapore, 23 September 2021 - The country’s healthcare system, level of cleanliness and armed forces were the strongest sources of pride for Singaporeans, according to a study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) that examined national pride and identity.

On the other hand, Singapore’s arts, treatment of low-wage migrant workers and level of press freedom were among the weakest sources of pride.

The findings, released on Thursday (Sep 23), were based on responses from about 2,000 citizens and permanent residents from a representative sample of households. They were surveyed between September and November 2020.

HIGHEST SCORES FOR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Twenty-four sources of pride were listed in the survey, including government autonomy, the social welfare system and economic performance.

The healthcare system scored the highest marks, with 83.8 per cent of respondents saying they were proud or very proud of it. Cleanliness scored 76.4 per cent for these categories.

The Singapore Armed Forces (78.7 per cent) and the education system (73.3 per cent) also ranked among the top five.

People were "largely proud" of how the country handled the COVID-19 pandemic – more than two-thirds of respondents were proud or very proud of it.

Social and political institutions, such as racial equality and the way democracy is practised here, drew a “modest” level of pride, said IPS.

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Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/singaporeans-most-proud-healthcare-saf-covid-press-freedom-migrant-workers-2196711

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