Thursday, 9 February 2012

Singapore is a "strange, exotic place"?

Above is a screenshot of an article in the digital edition of today's Straits Times, which used a 2004 quote by the then chairman of the US Federal Reserve. I'll bet you never knew Singapore was considered a "strange and exotic place", alongside Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. My knee jerk reaction was a resigned shake of the head, before dismissively writing Mr. Greenspan off as an ignorant nitwit who has never have been to this part of the world.

But this Reuters article is an interesting read that got me thinking. Borrowing from the article, "Senior officials arrested in a corruption investigation. Subway commuters trapped underground without light or proper ventilation. Flooded roads in the financial district. It may sound like Indonesia or perhaps the Philippines, but this is Singapore -- the wealthy island state that has long been the envy of those neighbours for its ruthless efficiency, clean government and high standard of living." Ouch. Truth hurts. Gotta love the irony.

So I guess that awkwardly helps to qualify the 'strange' description. But I still fail to see what's remotely 'exotic' about Singapore - the McDonalds and Starbucks cafes that are a dime a dozen surely are anything but.

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