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Submitted by Anonymous on
Sri Lanka can hope to emulate Singapore only if it were to meet two preconditions Singapore instituted. One was a transparent, clean, accountable and predictable business environment, one that was tied in to a robust civil service and good administration even if it did not meet the Westminster credentials of competitive party politics. The other was a level playing field for different ethnic and religious groups where the politics of ethnicity, religion and history were not incentivized unlike Sri Lanka. The ethnic Chinese were 74% of Singapore, much as the Sinhalese were 74% of Sri Lanka. But Singaporean identity was defined in a manner that was not determined by the legacy and history of one ethnic group alone. All ethnic groups helped define the inclusive national identity. That is a crucial difference that Sri Lankans, including the author, need to appreciate.