#WeeklyReflection5

What do I like and dislike most about Singapore? Do I possess any of these positive/negative characteristics?

Singapore is a relatively clean, safe and efficient country. Honestly in my opinion there are more positive remarks to say about Singapore compared to the negative ones. To start off the positive ones, it would definitely be the safe environment. Singapore is well-known as a country with the least percentage of crime among the Southeast region or even worldwide. Most of the places in Singapore has surveillance camera which allows every citizen to feel a sense of security and safe.

Secondly, it would be the fact that Singapore is a multi-racial country. There is racial harmony between the different races. We are able to get along, understand each other and live together despite our differences. It’s all thanks to our forefathers for creating this environment, the efforts they put in to bring us together resolving our differences. It is definitely something I love about Singapore which I feel is rare to see it in other country. If you were to live in another country as a different race most likely, you will face discrimination. But it is different living in Singapore, high percentage that you will not face discrimination. Everybody is treated fairly here, which is can be reflected upon our national pledge. “We, the citizens of Singapore,
pledge ourselves as one united people,
regardless of race, language or religion,
to build a democratic society
based on justice and equality
so as to achieve happiness, prosperity
and progress for our nation. “

What I dislike about Singapore will be the rising cost of living. Practically the price of everything has gone up. Despite all the subsidies it is still a financial burden to most of the families. Young adult this generation has a hard time getting a roof over their head, let alone starting a family. I am sure as year goes past, the price of houses will not be affordable for most citizens. Even education can be a problem to many families. Education fees in Singapore are considered costly excluding tuition etc. Another thing would be the 5 c’s that Singaporean believe in. Including cash, car, condo, cash card and country club. It become an obsession to others, as people will try hard to achieve it. For those who are not able to achieve it will be deem as incapable or even be look down upon. Giving others an impression that Singapore is a materialistic country.

The positive characteristic Singapore has would be being kind and passionate. For example we have campaigns such as Singapore kindness movement, PR campaign ( Love is ageless) by SPCA and The four millions smiles campaign etc. Next it would be us being ‘perfectionist’ due to our ‘kiasu-ism’. It is a drive to strive for better, considering the small details in everything we do and we want to be the best in the things we do. Which led us to get the title of ‘World best airport’ in 2013 and the garden city. In contrast the negative characteristic would be how Singaporeans complain about every single little things. An example would be : During a train breakdown. Which becomes a habit as people will not learn to appreciate and love what they have and instead focus on the things that they do not have. Hence most Singaporeans has the ‘pessimistic’ attitude.

Nevertheless, I still love Singapore despite all the negative characteristics. I believe if all of us are willing to make a change, things will get better. I can confidently say that I am proud to be a Singaporean. Even if I am given another chance to live in other country, I will still choose Singapore.

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