In an article in The Straits Times Review today, Senior Writer Ong Soh Chin, gushing about Singapore, writes,
“There are few places in the world where the things that matter – transport, education, housing, health care – work as efficiently without having to pay an arm and a leg.”
She is correct that we do provide those things cheaply. My question is – how did Ms. Ong decide what “the things that matter” in this world are? Is that her opinion? Her friends’? Our government’s?
It would be prudent if our government – and its ardent orators – sometimes asked us what “the things that matter” are.
Rather than always telling us.