TODAY • FRIDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2012

26

singapore
ing, youths can add dynamism to the workforce and contribute to economic growth. “Without a sound educational foundation, it may be difficult for energetic young people to find good jobs that meet their aspirations and fulfil their potential. This pent-up frustration amongst restless youths was at least a contributing factor to the events of the Arab Spring,” said Mr Teo. But to achieve all these attributes, Mr Teo emphasised the importance of governance. “Any government has to draw its legitimacy from serving in the interest of the people and delivering the goods. It has to keep corruption in check. Second, it has to ensure a fair distribution of opportunities and benefits, and take care of minorities. “Third, there should be a system of succession that can take the country forward beyond one or two generations,” he added. “In the absence of one or more of these attributes, a country will not be able to sustain its economic and social development in the long term.” Mr Teo believes that nations must be prepared to learn from one another to enable the countries to grow sustainably. He said: “We must also find models for international cooperation that recognise the realities of a new multipolar world. “We must strengthen institutions that can facilitate such cooperation — maintaining peace and security, and promoting economic and human development.” The annual Singapore Global Dialogue brings together more than 400 participants from across Asia, North America, Europe and Africa to exchange views on global and regional developments.

Demographics, governance key
A young population can be a boon or bane depending on whether countries can tap potential, says DPM Teo
S RAMESH

SINGAPORE GLOBAL DIALOGUE

Enhanced supervision for high-risk drug offenders
SINGAPORE — All Long Term Impris-

ramesh@mediacorp.com.sg
SINGAPORE — Demographics and governance are the two factors that will shape the future of countries in Asia, and of Asia as a whole, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. Speaking at the Singapore Global Dialogue organised by the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies yesterday, Mr Teo explained that having a young population can be a boon or a bane, depending on whether a country can develop and tap the potential in their youths. With the right education and train-

Any government has to draw its legitimacy from serving in the interest of the people and delivering the goods.
Mr Teo Chee Hean
DepUty PrIme MINIster

A conversation with PM Lee

MediaCorp is presenting a Mandarin forum on Singapore’s future, A Conversation with PM Lee, where 30 Singaporeans including grassroots leaders, teachers, new citizens and young parents will share their views with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. The forum, recorded yesterday, will be broadcast on Sunday at 9pm on Channel 8, and viewers can send ‘live’ SMS and email messages on screen during the telecast. Joining Mr Lee were Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing, Minister of State for Finance and Transport Josephine Teo and Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Law Sim Ann. CHANNEL NEWSASIA

onment drug offenders, assessed to be at high risk of relapse, will undergo enhanced supervision upon their release from November. This was announced by Senior Minister for Home Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli at the Prison Volunteers Awards Ceremony. Besides regular urine supervision, high-risk offenders will have strict curfew hours and electronic monitoring. They will also have to undergo intensive compulsory counselling and casework provided by prison counsellors. This will cover referrals for employment and shelter as well as equip them with practical life skills. Mr Masagos said: “All these additional requirements aim to reduce the risk of relapse and support their efforts to get themselves back on their feet and successfully reintegrate into society.” Repeat drug abusers are of particular concern as they made up two-thirds of drug abusers arrested last year. The Government said enhanced post-release supervision is important to ensure a strong deterrent to them returning to drugs and influencing others, especially youths. Some 161 prison volunteers were recognised yesterday for receiving training and participating in various rehabilitation programmes available. The event also brought together community and grassroots networks that worked hand in hand with the Singapore Prison Service in order to deter offenders from returning to crime.

VIMITA MOHANDAS

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful