Future is always exciting and full of speculations. But surprisingly, as per a survey conducted on 2016, Singaporeans aren’t very optimistic about the future. It has been found that Singaporean millennial generation is amongst the gloomiest, with only Japan, Greece and Italy being the worse.
It is found that half of the Singapore millennial generation youth are pessimistic about their immediate career prospects. Should we believe that Singapore’s glory days are over? Well, guess is always there, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Just to set aside the gloomy approach of Singaporeans’ youth there are actually a few things that are going to give a new life and hope to the Singaporeans and they should be very happy about it. It can actually boost their quality of life! Let’s find out what those amazing developments are that the Singaporeans should look forward to over the next decade.
1. SINGAPORE RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM AND SINGAPORE-KUALA LUMPUR HIGH-SPEED RAIL
To be frank, resources and things are getting more and more expensive in Singapore compelling the Singaporeans to work harder and harder to afford them. And this has been the biggest bugbears of young Singaporeans these days.
Surprisingly, just across the Causeway, things, and life is simple and easy as everything from restaurant meals to clothing is half the price.
Very soon, Singaporeans will be able to travel to Malaysia without having to queue for hours at the Causeway. This is all because of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System which is supposed to be completed in 2024. This system has the capacity to transport up to 10,000 passengers across the Causeway each hour. It is great news for those Singaporeans who are looking forward to cafe hop over the weekend that too at a reasonable cost without paying high prices. It is quite possible that this rapid transit system could become their new weekend hangout after it is ready to use in 6 years of time.
2. SINGAPORE-KUALA LUMPUR HIGH-SPEED RAIL
Yet another major development in terms of transportation in Singapore that is coming up in next few years of time is Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail which can prove to be another game changer. Slated to wind up in 2026, this High-Speed Rail will have trains running every 30 minutes, and connecting Singapore to KL in just 90 minutes. This will, of course, be welcome news for Singaporeans who are looking forward to party, shop and dine out in KL over the weekend.
OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORT
Singaporeans are not very comfortable about the mass rapid transit system which is a major component of their railway system. This has stimulated the personal vehicle growth rate, but it looks like possessing a car will be even more expensive and out-of-reach for future generations.
But not to worry, there are several other alternative modes of transport that can help Singaporeans to get them from one point to another more comfortably and easily without spending much and cheaper than the packed-like-sardines MRT system can offer.
a. ELECTRIC CAR-SHARING SERVICE BLUESG
Apart from this, electric car-sharing service BlueSG is also a very exciting and potential transport system, as it is often much cheaper than hiring taxis that allows Singaporeans reach out their destination without having their own car.
In addition, bike-sharing is yet another amazing transport system. This mode of transport had a not so welcome start and bike-sharing networks are quite limited and confined to the suburbs only. But it is expected that an island-wide bike-sharing network will soon be developed and the road infrastructure will be improved to increase the safety for cyclists.
3. FLEXI-WORK IS GAINING LOT OF TRACTION
Local employers are not ready to loosen their grip on their employees and this has given birth to the flexi-work system which is gradually but definitely becoming more common in Singapore offering more flexibility and comfort to workers to work at their own pace and comfort zone.
Since 2013, nearly 1,500 businesses have benefited from the government’s Work-Life Grant system which can actually not be a very impressive start. But with the older generation retiring and the new generation taking over, hopefully, the earlier insistence on face-time will reduce and flexible work arrangements will become the norm.
Courtesy the internet and teleconferencing technology, more and more people will get an opportunity to select their job and working hours working from their homes. There are some businesses that have already started realizing that talent retention is a huge issue, and flexi-work is a way to reduce the attrition rate.
Although Singapore has a long way to go, it is expected that in future flexible work arrangements will be a lot easier to accept and that this will have a positive impact on the morale and engagement of Singapore’s local workforce.