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From the report:

In a nutshell:

a. We found at the end of “A Study on Social Capital” (2017) that diversity in social networks among Singaporeans strengthens social capital, trust, national identity and national pride.

b. We believe that more can be done to facilitate improved mixing, especially between people with different school backgrounds, and between those living in private and public housing.

c. Raising diversity in social ties is a collective effort. We wish to encourage Singaporeans to take up opportunities to interact and make friends with people outside of their usual circles centred on a common race, language, religion, educational and housing background. We also wish to encourage government agencies and community leaders to do more to create the structures and programmes that encourage such mixing.

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From the Straits Times' article:

The sharpest social divisions in Singapore may now be based on class, instead of race or religion, a study released on Thursday (Dec 28) suggests.

The Institute of Policy Studies' (IPS) Study On Social Capital In Singapore shows that on average, Singaporeans who live in public housing have fewer than one friend who lives in private housing.

People who study in elite schools also tend to be less close to those in non-elite schools, and vice versa.

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