Issues such as political freedoms could become more important, and I think there will be more agitation in Singapore moving ahead.

Simon Baptist, Economist Intelligence Unit

Singapore's rise from colonial backwater to one of the richest nations in the world makes it the envy of those nations that strive for the same success.

As the island city state celebrates 50 years of independence, the next five deacdes could be a greater challenge as it combats a falling birth rate and soaring property prices.

The ruling People's Action Party may call for an election as early as next month in an attempt to capitalise on the celebrations.

Simon Baptist, the regional director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, discusses the big challenges facing Singapore.

Source: Al Jazeera