The high position of Singapore in the quality of life does not paint the whole picture



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I note that The Straits Times has again published another article (re-published by Asia One) about how Singapore continues to be one of the most livable cities in the world. This article focuses on interviews with expats and various think tanks without consulting an average Singaporean. Of course, the quality of life of a city depends in the first place on what its citizens feel?

The mood of the ground is ripe for concern about the rising cost of living and stagnant wages. This concern is indeed acknowledged by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister Lee) in his National Day Rally address. Why does the Straits Times not give a more balanced picture? Instead, it chooses to present a one-sided shot of the image.

Yes, of course expats will consider Singapore as very livable. It is a safe and clean country with all the attributes of the first world (if you have the money for it). If an expat has a good remuneration package, what is not to keep Singapore? With this in mind, how can the opinion of an expat be taken as representative of the liveability of a city?

This is just like the constant fixation on the figures for the gross domestic product (GDP). GDP is (misleadingly) used as a measure of prosperity, while in reality it simply reflects what a country produces with little or no influence on the quality of life of the Singaporean population. As I said in other articles I will say again – the GDP simply measures production. This would include construction and construction work that may have little or no effect on the creation of jobs or wealth for the population as a whole.

The thing about rankings and numbers is that it can not be taken out of context. Although it still has a place as a benchmark, it will not paint an accurate picture unless all the finer details are also revealed. The order of Singapore's quality of life must have restrictions. It should mention that this is only from the point of view of expats with high salaries. If that is not the case, it is a misrepresentation of reality.

Similarly, although GDP can be understood as an indication of how much a country produces, it can not be interpreted as an accurate representation of the wealth of average citizens unless it further demonstrates how such a GDP has generated jobs or has the salaries raised from citizens.

The thing about numbers and statistics is that it can not be read in a vacuum. It is disappointing that a major publication such as the Straits Times can not produce an in-depth analysis of the subject.

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