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Victor Mills speaks his mind on the Singapore mindset

Excerpts from a chat with Victor Mills, who took over as chief executive of the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) last June.

The level of materialism - what you wear, where you live, what you drive, what you wear on your wrist - has become a key determinant of the value of human life. This is absolute nonsense.

There are lots and lots of people - more than before - who feel that life, their employer and the Government owe them a living.

Another problem is the unwillingness to accept feedback, even when given constructively. The attitude now is that if you don't like me, I'll go. People think they are great and are unwilling to believe that they can learn something as an employee.

I met a 29-year-old US Silicon Valley technopreneur last year who first came to Singapore in 2012 to launch a start-up […] But when he arrived, he discovered many problems - among them was a shortage of good IT developers, unrealistic remuneration expectations. He was also disappointed with the quality and quantity of output.