Well, I think the point to take note here is that countries, big or small, have their own unique problems to deal with, and Singapore's is clearly about its deminuitive size lacking in resources. So besides comparing with our far larger neighbours, we might wish to also compare with all the tiny little countries in the world. Do we have a parallel?Originally Posted by Hommie
Brunei (5,770 sq km), with its dependence on oil resources, did produce a little heaven where folks dont pay tax. But, would any of you want to live there? Why not? Or how about comparing to Liechtenstein (160 sq km)? Luxembourg (2,586 sq km)? They are tiny countries surrounded by far larger neighbours, and yes, they are relatively rich too. But where are they on the global arena?
Independent countries with sizes almost similar to Singapore's (693 sq km) include Bahrain (665 sq km), the Federated States of Micronesia (702 sq km), Tonga (748 sq km), Saint Lucia (616 sq km), and so on. How many of them are considered "textbook examples" of national building?
Or perhaps its fairer to compare by population size, since Singapore kept saying population is our only resource. Out of the various countries in the world close to Singapore's 4,425,720 which is quotable, are New Zealand (4,035,461), Ireland (4,015,676), and Norway (4,593,041). New Zealand is chocked with natural resources, and Norway has its oll and fish too. Ireland was in a major slump for centuries until a major revival in the past decade, with many calling it the "Singapore of the West". So that is probably our only equivalent? Or shall we be compared with the Central African Republic (4,237,703), Bosnia and Herzegovina (4,430,494), Costa Rica (4,016,173), or Moldova (4,455,421)?
Well, I think the facts shows it. Yes, big countries have "big" problems, but they also tend to have "big" blessings to counter them. Singapore's situation is unique, comparable only to another country with a similarly small physical size, yet crowded with this many people. How many other small countries on Earth, comparable to Singapore either by size or by population, can claim the same honours as Singapore? Not many, apparantly.
And this is the simple reason why we, as Singaporeans, may take quiet pride in. And did I mention all these...in 40 years?