SINGAPOREANS SHOULD CHERISH WHAT THEY HAVE
Singapore is one of the most developed and richest nations in Asia. The standard of living here is one of the highest in the world.
However, we take many things for granted. What are the things we would miss most if we lived in another country?
First is our water supply. Unlike in other places, we can drink water straight from the tap. The fact that we can do so, and not have to buy bottled water from the supermarket, makes life convenient.
In other countries, the tap water may not be safe for consumption even after boiling.
Second is our safe and secure living environment. Thanks to our hard-working police officers, our crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. Here, I can go out at night without fearing for my safety.
Third is our clean streets. Before the crack of dawn every day, thousands of hard-working cleaners are sweeping the streets, keeping the country clean.
In Singapore, many things have been done for our benefit, bringing much convenience, efficiency and security to our lives.
Singaporeans should cherish what they have.
Maa Zhi Hong
* Letter first appeared in ST Forum (29 Jul).