Singapore – A tough love story


Don’t look for “love” in the straightforward sense here. The 50 things included in this book are not strictly things to love; they are more of things that make Singapore what it is – ranging from the country’s policy of legislated multiracialism to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) for motor vehicles, the rise of hawker centres, Lee Kuan Yew and even its “achievement” of being World No. 1 for the highest obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD) rates.

You would of course wonder what is there to love about the OCD “honour” or COE, which makes it all that more expensive for Singaporeans to own cars. Or a social-engineering policy that sounds like a badly named concoction. And yet if you understood it better, you might just understand the need for it... and maybe love it.

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