$5 meals, $500 holidays and $50k homes for SG50

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Straits Times

This was an article contribution by Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, in which he suggested that Singaporeans be happy for one year – from 10 August to next 9 August, when it will be Singapore’s 50th anniversary. . He noted that we have had, by any standards, an extraordinarily successful first 50 years, and the chances of us being equally successful over the next 50 years are practically zero, and shared three areas in which we will have to deal with tougher competition. Prof Mahbubani highlighted that we should therefore celebrate this very special moment as a nation and also at the individual level. Since Singapore will be celebrating its 50th birthday next year, he used the number five in his three suggestions on simple pleasures that all Singaporeans, rich and poor, can enjoy together – $5 meals, $500 holidays and $50,000 homes.

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