PR moved to tears

Dear Straits Times,

I refer to the forum letter by Dr Wilfred Chan dated 11 Aug 2010.

Dr Chan was reportedly moved to tears by the tremendous achievements of Singapore. He would be similarly moved to tears if he considers the similarly tremendous achievements of Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea.

Dr Chan is mind boggled when he thinks of how resource lacking Singapore can go from Third World to First World in just 45 years. Dr Chan should also think about how similarly resource lacking Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea have also moved from Third World to First World in a similar time frame and be similarly mind boggled.

Dr Chan particularly attributes to the old guard such as MM Lee, the making of Singapore into the world’s cleanest, greenest and safest. But many first world cities such as those in Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Canada are just as clean, green and safe. If so many first world cities are clean, green and safe without requiring the special services of any one particular individual or old guard, it begs the question of why should Singapore be any different?

Dr Chan highlights Singapore’s near topping of the list of first world countries in terms of per capita GDP. Dr Chan should understand that the multinationals and the government take the lion’s share of that chart topping per capita GDP so much so that much less goes to the people.

Dr Chan feels that Singaporeans should be proud of this achievement by the government and the PAP. Singapore’s achievements are the achievements of all Singaporeans and their forebears from the time it was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819. To attribute these achievements to any one particular individual or group is to rob Singaporeans of their deserved recognition and contributions.

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