When Singapore celebrates its 50th year of independence on Aug. 9 and its older citizens eulogize the country's economic feats, its ruling party founded by the late Lee Kuan Yew faces an unprecedented wave of young voters who may not be as nostalgic.
For the first time, citizens born after the country's independence in 1965 will likely account for the majority of voters in a general election due to take place by January 2017. As of 2014, almost 54 percent of citizens above 20 were born in 1965 and later, compared with 46 percent born after independence in 2010. Singapore's voting age is 21.
Voters born after 1965 grew up in an era of economic ascendancy as Singapore's pioneer leaders turned the former British colony into a First World business hub. While they acknowledge the economic miracle engineered by the People's Action Party (PAP), they are unhappy about the rising cost of living center stage in the last poll in 2011.
The PAP won its smallest ever share of votes since 1959, when it became the ruling party of a semi-independent Singapore. (Britain still had sway over external matters.)