That 0.1% Matters Too

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This is what 0.1% looks like on the chart.

Small and insignificant or so it looks, compared to the grand scale of things.

Surely, there are greater things we need to worry about:

  • According to the United Nations, World Food Programme, 12.9% of the world population are starving.
  • A similar number exists when we talk about the number of people in the world who do not have access to clean water.
  • Percentages roughly halves when we look at the number of people who lack healthcare. That translates to about 5 to 6%. We are talking about 400 million of the 7.4 billion people in the world do not have access to healthcare.

With such a huge job at hand, why should we bother about 0.1% anyway? Is it too insignificant?

Do you know that about 0.1% of the people are internally displaced in the recent Syrian conflict?

If that doesn’t appeal to you…

How about the wealth controlled by the top 0.1% of the people?

According to the Guardian, in the States, the top 0.1% of the rich controlled as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Think of what you could do with all that money to help the world out, if you can influence them and give them a good reason to help the others.

Finally, there’s also about 0.1% of the people in the world who lived in a country that gained independence against its will. The country grew to be a seemingly utopian state but faces its own unique set of struggles too today.

I live in that country. Singapore matters to me. That 0.1% matters to me too.

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What Lee Kuan Yew learnt from the Japanese

There was this Japanese variety talkshow shown some time ago that talked about the areas where Lee Kuan Yew learnt from the Japanese during the early years of nation building. Below is an excerpt from the talkshow, with English subtitles:

(Note: By the way, on a personal level, I sort of take certain parts of the talkshow with a slight pinch of salt. Nevertheless, I still find the stories and fact presented fascinating~)

For those who find it tough to go through the nearing 9-minute video, to summarised it, Minister Mentor (MM) Lee considered two (inseparable) factors during nation building:

  • Developing human resources, and
  • Japanese

Developing Human Resources

It is probably widely known that MM Lee calls the air-condition humankind’s greatest invention. The talkshow explains that to motivate the people to work hard in the hot, wet and humid Singapore, he put air-con units into governmental offices, to provide a more conducive environment for people to work in.

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The talkshow also shared three qualities which MM Lee learnt from the Japanese, namely, innovation, teamwork, and security. I find the part where they explained how he managed to see innovation in Japanese totally amazing and I’m not going to give out any spoilers here. I’ll leave you to watch the video to find that out for yourself.

We Can Be Heroes: CFNSA salutes Ordinary People this National Day

It’s time to celebrate again.
The spirit of being Singaporean
~ Lyrics from “We Can Be Heroes” (2008)

Happy 49th Birthday, Singapore!

This year, I would like to share a known fact about Singapore which was often ignored: Singapore is the only nation in modern history that achieved independence against its will.

It’s actually written here in Wikipedia.

There was a time when people said that Singapore won’t make it, but we did
~ Lyrics from ‘We are Singapore” (1987)

Well, we are still here after 49 years. Not an easy feat given the circumstances. After all:

‘Cause in the end it’s only down to people,
Just down to ordinary people
People just like you and me
~ Lyrics from “We Can Be Heroes” (2008)