ST Forum writer explains why he thinks that the Government has made significant impact on the lives of Singaporeans

By August 7, 2019Current

TL;DR – Name one country that has achieved so much with so little.

In a letter to the Straits Times forum, Mr Chow Kok Fai said that while it is human nature to complain about the Government when we are upset about how things are, he asked Singaporeans to name one country that has achieved so much with so little.

He then listed facts to support his stance about how the Government has made significant impact on the lives of Singaporeans since the last general election in 2015.

1) Singapore is ranked as the best country for children to grow up in

For the second year in a row, Singapore has been ranked the top country in the world for a child to live in, according to the annual Global Childhood Report released by non-governmental organisation Save The Children.

2) Singapore’s students continue to come out tops globally in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment

In a study done every three years by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to measure how well students use their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems, Singapore students have continued to emerge top in the latest PISA assessment in 2015.

3) Singapore’s healthcare system was ranked as 2nd most efficient worldwide

Singapore healthcare was ranked as the second most effective health care in the world in Bloomberg’s Healthcare Efficiency Index, which reviews life expectancy and health-care spending measures by economy.

4) Singaporeans are expected to live the longest in the world

According to The Burden of Disease in Singapore 1990 to 2017 report, Singaporeans have the world’s longest life expectancy in 2017 with an expected lifespan at birth of 84.8 years, beating Japan (84.1 years) whose citizens traditionally live the longest.

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5) Singapore is ranked 2nd among 190 economies in the ease of doing business

Thanks to our consistently well-designed business regulations and friendly environment, says the latest World Bank annual ratings.

6) Singapore’s Changi Airport has been named the “World’s Best Airport” for the seventh year running

In the global survey by London-based research firm Skytrax involving more than 13 million travellers, Changi Airport was also named the best in Asia and the best in the world for leisure amenities.

7) In 2018, Singapore emerged for the 4th year in a row as the best place for expatriates to live and work

Never mind we were dethroned by Switzerland this year, because hey – we were first for four years in a row, beating countries like New Zealand, Germany and Canada!

I don’t know about you, but wow, that’s quite an achievement for a relatively small country like us, no?

Here’s the entire letter in full,

Name one country that has achieved so much with so little.

Rebutting Progress Singapore Party leader Tan Cheng Bock last week, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said: “The trust that Singaporeans have placed in the PAP Government over the years is because (it) has delivered a better life for Singaporeans” (DPM Heng rebuts Tan Cheng Bock: PAP takes governance very seriously, July 28).

It is human nature to complain about the Government when we are upset about how things are.

In the last general election in 2015, nearly three in 10 Singaporeans voted for the opposition to voice their unhappiness.

The facts will support how the Government has fared.

Singapore is ranked as the best country for children to grow up in by non-governmental organisation Save The Children.

Our school students continue to come out tops in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment.

The 2018 Bloomberg Health Care Efficiency Index places Singapore second, after Hong Kong.
Singaporeans have the world’s longest life expectancy at 84.8 years, knocking Japan from the No. 1 spot.

The country is No. 2 for ease of doing business for the second year running, according to the World Bank last year.

Changi Airport is the world’s best airport for the seventh year running according to Skytrax, while DBS was voted last year as the Global Bank of the Year by The Banker, a Financial Times publication.

And for the fourth time last year, Singapore topped the ranking as best place to live and work in the HSBC Expat Explorer’s survey of expatriates.

The list goes on.

As a Merdeka Generation Singaporean who has experienced how much this country has achieved with so little, I tell naysayers there is no perfect government.

I admire the Japanese philosophy of “kaizen” or continuous improvement because things are never finished.

When my government is here for good, that is good enough for me.

Chow Kok Fai

 

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