This morning, I drove to Brickworks Food Centre for breakfast and this was what I saw:
Notice the broken car park barrier. The time stamp on my iPhone photo says 07:46:07.
After snapping the photograph, I went for breakfast and it didn't take long for the nasi padang and teh tarik to take my mind off this insignificant matter and I forgot all about the broken barrier until I went back to the car park and took another pic:
The time stamp on my photo says 08:35:49.
It took less than an hour for the Urban Redevelopment Authority (for this is a URA car park) to replace the broken barrier with a new car park barrier and it all happened in the heavy rain and way before 9am too.
It's very easy to slam the government for a myriad of problems. I've heard and read complaints of all kinds and the government takes the rap even when there's flooding in Orchard Road. But how valid are these complaints? We have all experienced dissatisfied clients, customers, patients and whoever it is we deal with in the course of our work and we know how unjustified some of these complaints are. But we are quick to be equally unreasonable when it's our turn to be the "customer". We forget the many blessings we enjoy and while some of us are thinking of emigrating, there are countless other foreigners who can't wait to come and live here. My advice is simply don't pass up a good deal.
This may be a small incident but it set me thinking. I thought about life in Singapore and what kind of life it would be if things changed a lot. Everyone is asking for change, as we see in the recent General Elections in Malaysia. True, a change would have been good for Malaysia. But the Singapore government is not at all like its Malaysian counterpart, not by a long shot. My policy is if it ain't broke, don't fix it.