I think it’s going to be quite vogue to talk about “Titles Culture” in Singapore today. “Titles Culture” happens when Singapore yuppies get together. The first thing they try to probe are the schools that you have attended. In this other article on Today, this is repositioned as an act of probing for weaknesses.

Like many things about Singapore society, it’s easy to point out our problems and then try to appeal towards a “mindset” change. This always sets off alarm bells for me because it smacks of not really trying to solve the problem at all. Mindsets will only change if there are underlying socio-economic reasons for reform – otherwise the status quo remains.

I did not experience “Titles culture” when I became an engineer 20 years ago. The idea of a JC/University student doing tech willingly was sufficiently rare in the face of IT Outsourcing and the …