Aren't we forgetting that the USA and Europe is made up of many different Countries, and the little red dot, is all alone, with a majority of Chinese rule..
I can't seem to see any difference at all between vast United States, and Europe, where restrictions on quotas exist and Singapore, other than Singapore is better managed, and seen to be more integrated, than the likes of Bradford, wolverhampton and other Cities, were ethnic races have taken over.
I find Singapore methods of deployment more acceptable, although I can also see the frustration it causes, by limiting choice. I know in areas of the UK now, it is not safe to walk the street if you are not of the same hood. I would rather see more mixed housing estates, and if it meant only one Brit to one Block, that would be great too, I wouldn't have to keep loaning my tools out
I don't mind that the Chinese rule, I believe we all know what would happen if opposing parties got in, it would be just has chaotic as any other Country, with personal career taking precedence, over development. Although what do I really know, I'm not up to date on the history of Singapore, although I have never really looked at Singapore, other than it being a trading hub, and strategically significant for the USA & UK.
I also believe that Singaporeans, that are born here, to parents from other Countries, have difficulty supporting Singapore as their Country, in many cases, so what would happen, if Singapore government accepted full political equality, I can only vision a very weak commitment of loyalty to the Red Dot.
It could be a very interesting discussion to here the pro's and cons..although it does remain a multi national Country, much better off, than many places in the US and UK.
But what does one compare it to, other than life back home, and if I look at my roots, and the City of my birth, which has very long history, and of which i am very proud of being a Lancastrian.
I feel damn well let down by groups of local authorities that have the powers over the people, to screw them left right and centre, and for Government to stand up and say, well Its not our responsibility, because we have decentralised power. The local police force has financial targets to meet, rather than police crime, the only extra cash comes from handing out fines, with speed cameras set every 200 mtrs.
If you check the BBC website for yesterday, the UK have 4 million CTTV cameras which haven't helped lower crime, quite the opposite, the criminals love to perform for the cameras,
I don't think anyone in Singapore even expects full equality anyway, to be honest, even though it would be nice to see some changes or encouragement.
SMS 25 years is a very long time, I sympathise with you, You deserve a long service medal, and I also think you can't wait for your retirement, back to the ranch, I envy you, I'm still lost to where I will end up, but I doubt I will remain here until I die.....the strangest thing of all, was my vision in a dream, that i would come back to Singapore to live, nothing that I have planned, and it was before I remarried.