Singapore needs constructive dialogue and not endless complaining
Posted by temasektimes on October 21, 2012
Singapore has done tremendously well given its small size and that no one owes Spore a living. Those who continue to moan and complain are not seeing the bigger picture.
I was impressed with the development plans of Punggol. And there are other developments that have not being announced. Some months ago I visited the Water Resources exhibition and spoke to a PUB engineer. It is amazing how Spore is harnessing its water resources and will be self-sufficient by 2061. Which small country is able to achieve that?
There plans to integrate the green lungs, to provide connectors for cyclists. I see plenty of improvement efforts. There have been big disappointments such as the floods and breakdown of the MRT trains. But Spore is not one to sit down and give excuses. They are working hard to solve problems.
People now queue up at hawkers centres. Took several decades to inculcate that social grace. It may take years to get everyone to clear their food trays but it will happen. Some things can be leglisated e.g. smoking and littering. And litterbugs will face more penalties. In time to come, Singaporeans and residents will learn not to litter. The MRT stations are showing the way…no dustbins. In Japan, no public bins at all…take your trash home with you.
Visit the IT website and see what Spore is doing countrywide. Look up the Healthcare IT websites and see how Spore is integrating all doctors and hospitals to enable personalized records.
I read plenty of lambasting over the FT policies, the over-crowding of trains, etc. These are but challenges to be overcomed. Solutions may take some months or even years. But over-crowding? Tell me which shopping mall is over-crowded? There are so many now and the trains disperse shoppers island-wide. I see major crowding on week-ends in Little India but that is not caused by Singaporeans but FTs gathering among themselves.. a good way to de-stress.
We need constructive dialogues. Complaining alone does not get us anywhere.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.