I found this letter in the the Straits Times forum:
"How apathetic can S'poreans be?"
I've said many times that apathy is a trait which has been painstakingly cultivated by the Singapore govt. All this is done for the good of Singaporeans. The opposite of apathy is "activism". Activism is strongly discouraged because it harms the Singapore govt's reputation. Over the years we, Singaporeans, have been conditioned to "do nothing except mind your own business". I remember prior to the Iraq war people from every single country held mass protests against the US except in Singapore - Singaporeans are smart, why bother to speak up against something that cannot be changed, its a waste of time and energy. Why get your hands dirty if you're getting nothing in return?
Anyway, I like the way the forum letter ends ....."We are lucky that Singapore is not buffeted by hurricanes and tsunamis", ....yes Singaporeans are so lucky!