Monday, August 30, 2004

Singapore a Tidy But Soulless Place?

Off NYTimes:
Singapore is rich, but hardly ever envied. Outsiders have long viewed the gleaming city-state that attained its independence in 1965 as a tidy but soulless place, the nanny state that famously banned chewing gum. The good news is that the new prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, son of the longtime ruler Lee Kwan Yew, seems to realize that Singapore needs to loosen up. At his swearing-in ceremony earlier this month, he said what not long ago would have sounded like heresy in a nation where the bottom line is the bottom line: "Prosperity is not our only goal, nor is economic growth an end in itself."

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