Perks for all citizens, regardless of contributions

I refer to the 13 Mar 2013 Straits Times letter “Perks for all citizens, regardless of birthplace” by Mr Soh Zi Quan.

In the context of citizenship privileges, Mr Soh says what matters more is a person’s contribution to the nation. That doesn’t sound right. A Singaporean cannot be more Singaporean because he contributed more or less Singaporean because he contributed less. Furthermore some contributions are undervalued while other contributions are overvalued; there is no universally objective way of valuing contributions, not even salary.


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