Singapore is actually very close to its goal of being a top 1st world city. Our govt is already 1st world so is our transport system. Yesterday when I took the world class bus service from the MRT station to my work place, it was so crowded we were smelling each others' armpits - the transport system really world class but Singaporeans really need to apply armpit deodorants. When we get to 6.5M people we need even better deodorants.
Since the PAP govt is already the best in the world when it comes to governance, transparency, human rights, justice and equality...and Singapore is already top 1st world in its democratic political process, there is really not much room for our near perfect government to improve. Our local media identified 2 main areas of improvemet - landscaping & Singaporeans' behavior. Now you see the importance of linking votes to upgrading, the whole idea is to get us to 'top 1st world' faster. When enough blue dolphin fountains are constructed in HDB estates, we will begin to look more like Paris than Pasir Ris. The PAP has plenty of money to get the landscaping done but what about Singaporeans' behavior. The PAP govt has been trying for years to do something about that - banning chewing gum, higher fines, longer jail terms, no illegal assemby etc. Most recently they increased the maximum jail term for hitting MPs to 7 years.
"Hit PAP MP, 7 years jail.
Hit Chee Soon Juan can get $2000 reward!?..."
- seen on Sammyboy forum
Unfortunately, the numerous laws and fines have not done much to improve Singaporeans' behavior and that is a really worry. Of course, the very brilliant PAP govt, they have already figured out the solution to this even more laws and fines plus conditioning starting from kindergarden to teach people to just follow the law./
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that aims high and motivate its people to strive for a better life. With 490,000 people earning less than $1500 per month on workfare, there is nothing like big dreams to inspire these people to break out of their poverty. Of course with 6.5M people in a top 1st world city, the cost of living will be staggering, that will motivate the 490,000 to work even harder - there's no better motivation than hunger and need for shelter. The PAP has such a grand vision for these people, they must really smile more often to show their gratitude.