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An ideology is a set of ideas and ideals that an individual or group has. It is the basis of economic and political theory. I would not consider Singaporean pragmatism to be an ideology because does operate under a single principle but rather, it adjusts and adopts based on the context. However, there is a possibility of it becoming ideological if pragmatism is deemed the main principle of governance by people in power. In Singapore’s decision making process, we do see that pragmatism tends to be the benchmark that leaders use to decide on issues in Singapore’s society. Pragmatism in Singapore’s context uses the end results as a deciding point where an unyielding commitment to material well-being is the ultimate goal. If pragmatism becomes ideology, there is a predisposition towards suppressing discussion because of its emphasis on practical end results that should ultimately benefits society. The concept of pragmatism suppresses discourse and encourages people to adopt a more objective  and neutral approach to life and those around them. Pragmatism makes decision making very easy as it removes the idea of the individual, its decision is for the good of society. While it is true that pragmatism is important when achieving ideals, relying on pragmatism’s effectiveness as the comprehensive principle for governance should not be the case because the effects and results of pragmatism might not affect everyone the same way, it does not have a universal effects over society. Hence, it should not be the sole principle in decision making for the government, it should not be understood as an end in itself and there should be a more balanced approach in governance.According to former Deputy Prime Minister S. Rajaratnam, he stated that “it is exactly unsentimental pragmatism which has made Singapore bearable for all Singaporeans.” Similar sentiments were felt by the late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew who posited that what mattered to him was whether his plan, that was based on pragmatism, would work in safeguarding Singapore’s survival and success. We have seen how pragmatism functions in a developing society, hence, it should continue in its place within governmental discourse. However, its importance should be decreased while that of other guiding principles, such as , equality, compassion, meritocracy, and multiculturalism, should increase so that in the future all citizens can be accounted and provided for.