I've travelled far and wide to many countries - in Asia, Europe and North America. I can tell you there is one thing that other countries cannot beat us and that is the ability to provide employment for the elderly. In other countries most of the elderly are unemployed, they are either sitting around in the park feeding pigeons, looking after grand children or playing chess with another unemployed elderly. I feel sorry for the elderly of these countries that their govt is unable to provide jobs for them.
This is where the Singapore government excels. You see old people working everywhere in Singapore at McDonalds, they even call me "Sir" and they say it with pride. In Hong Kong, there are so many unemployed old folks, the end up hanging around as customers at the McDonalds, so many that the McDonald's gives them for senior citizens discount cards....but discount cards are not the same as jobs which gives dignity and a sense of purpose to the old. In Hong Kong, I saw so many old folks at McDonald's, I ended up buying a Happy Meal, because I felt so young . Most of them are just idling away their time reading the newspapers and chatting with friends instead of doing something useful. You might ask where did all these old folks in Hong Kong get money to eat at McDonalds? Well, the Hong Kong govt is so lousy at redesigning jobs for them, they end up giving welfare from their financial reserves which is far smaller than ours - oh the Hong Kong govt is so lousy compared with the PAP. The PAP govt can use the money for far better things such as investing in Suzhou, Chartered Semiconductor and in Indonesian banks.
Our ministers have redesigned many jobs so that our old can continue to be employed for as long as they live. This is a uniquely Singapore success story.