2020 marks the start of a new decade and on the home front, it may also signify society-wide level changes to come as Singapore continues to change. We sought out people’s predictions for the coming year.
The bushfires in Australia are reminding the world of the effects of climate change and Singaporeans are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment. Most locals anticipate a change in our living habits on this basis, with 56% predicting the emergence of a recycling culture in 2020.
As Singaporeans start to make bets over the date of our next General Election, which must happen before April 2021, many believe this may be the endgame for the incumbent Prime Minister. PM Lee has openly shared his desire to retire and allow the 4G leaders to take over and 2020 may be the year he hands over the reins of the top leadership position in the country, most likely to Finance Minster Heng Swee Keat — 34% predict the PM will announce his retirement in 2020.
On the technology front, Singaporeans believe self-driving taxis will become a reality in 2020, with 34% predicting the roll out of pilots. Taxi and Grab drivers may be as worried as PMD riders.
In terms of economic growth, Singaporeans are finding it is difficult to foresee our GDP growing by more than 2%; only 19% believe growth will exceed 2% this year.