Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Forum: Never forget the 'little people' in society

One heartening message that struck a chord with me in a recent report is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's advice to Singaporeans not to flaunt their wealth or success and remember that "many others have helped you along the way" (S'pore must ensure no one is left behind as country progresses: PM; Oct 23).

In our relentless push to be the creme de la creme, I have to agree that those who are successful tend to forget the fact that many contributing factors along the way played a part in their final victory.

My generation will never forget the life lessons from the likes of people like founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who led a thrifty lifestyle despite being a giant in his time.

As a Singaporean, the lifestyle I enjoy today, in small ways, I owe to people like the cleaners who help to keep my estate clean daily, the police and army officers who ensure the community's safety and security, and bus drivers and SMRT workers who ensure that I get to my destination on time, among others.

Many people tend to take these things for granted and fail to realise that these seemingly "invisible entities" play a big part in their lives.

In our successes and victories, we should show appreciation to all these invisible players by being a socially responsible member of society and not flaunting our wealth or success.

I would think that the best remedy for inequality is when the successful know how to show their appreciation and give back to society by helping those who have been left behind.

Seah Yam Meng

Ref: http://str.sg/oXzg

My 2 cents:
The rich should remember that the people they ban into a rich men's clubhouse or building are the very people that built the clubhouse. Without them (construction workers), do you think they have a clubhouse or building in the first place? Without the maids, who would cook for them, wash and clean their dirty linens and look after their kids? Do you think without the 'little people', could the rich make their money?

In Chinese, we call them 没良心的人 or heartless people.

Kampung Admiralty wins top prize at World Architecture Festival

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Kampung Admiralty, an integrated retirement village in Woodlands, has been crowned the Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam – adding to its growing list of accolades.

Designed by Woha Architects, the project has been the recipient of various awards, including a commendation for commercial architecture at the 2018 International Chapter Architecture Awards, and the Best Commercial Mixed-Use Future Project award in 2016

The latest win saw the 11-storey complex by the Housing and Development Board beat 535 projects from 57 countries in one of the most prestigious architectural awards, reported the New Paper.

This is not Singapore's first win at the architectural awards. In 2015, it won Building of the Year for The Interlace condominium in Depot Road by OMA and Ole Scheeren. The cooled conservatories at Gardens by the Bay clinched the same title at the festival when it was held here in 2012.

1) https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/kampung-admiralty-wins-worlds-top-architectural-award
2) https://sg.yahoo.com/news/kampung-admiralty-wins-top-prize-042534527.html

Exceptional company: SIA Named 'World's Best Airline' In 2018 Skytrax Awards

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Singapore Airlines has been named this year’s ‘World’s Best Airline’ in Skytrax’s World Airline Awards. SIA also took the top spot in the 'World’s Best First Class’, ‘Best Airline in Asia’ and ‘Best First Class Airline Seat’ categories in the 2018 rankings.

This is the fourth time SIA has been named ‘World’s Best Airline’. The awards are based on surveys of more than 20 million travellers, who rated more than 335 airlines between August 2017 and May 2018.

Ref: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/us/media-centre/press-release/article/?q=en_UK/2018/July-September/ne2318-180717

My photo - merry go round @ AMK Hub

xmas merry go round

a public domain photo by me

Mobile phones are seven times dirtier than TOILET SEATS

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The average mobile phone is almost seven times dirtier than a toilet seat, a study has found.

Those in leather cases harbour the most bacteria, but even smartphones in wipe-clean plastic cases have more than six times the germs found on a lavatory seat.

Despite this, a survey of office workers found two in five take theirs into the bathroom of their workplace.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6447979/Mobile-phones-seven-times-dirtier-TOILET-SEATS-finds-new-study.html