I am going to do a series of reflections centering around the reality that Singapore is facing today. The reflections are inspired by newspaper articles from Straits Time and the book, One Man’s View of the World, authored by our later founding father; Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
The reflections mainly compares Singapore with the rest of the world because of 2 reasons:
Firstly, the rest of the world (comparing across space) is a favorable benchmark to measure how well Singapore is doing.
Secondly, Singapore, as a micro-nation, is sadly is just like all of us – susceptible to our external environment. I did another post explaining situational pressure and concluded that we are more proportionately swayed by our situation than our internal motivation. The same can be said for Singapore as it is inherently a weak nation in terms of hard power. Singapore is then forced to be versatile and adaptable since it is largely powerless to change the global environment and stand its own ground; a reality that we must be brave enough to face.
Comparing Singapore with the rest of the world therefore gives us a good idea of why certain policy directions are taken in Singapore.
The reflections will mainly be categorized into political, social, economic; and security and diplomatic spheres.