2nd least exciting city because …?


Singapore is not exciting, because … ?

I refer to the article “Singapore Tourism Board responds with witty video after Time Out survey calls the city boring” (Straits Times, Feb 3).

It states that “Singapore scored a high rating for safety and public transport and its “much buzzier restaurant scene” compared with other cities towards the bottom of the ranking.

I was somewhat curious after reading the above article, as there was no mention of what were the criteria that we were poorly ranked – only our higher ranked criteria was mentioned.

So I googled and found – “On Tuesday, Singapore came in 31st out of 32 cities in an anonymous survey by Time Out, which took into account criteria such as culture, food, drink, friendliness, liveability, affordability and happiness” (Channel Newsasia, Feb 2).

Perhaps an arguably more objective view, is to let the numbers do the talking.

… affordability – ranked as the most expensive city for the fourth year running

… friendliness – most emotionless people in the world

… happiness – worker’s happiness survey – 45 per cent unhappy, the rest neutral or happy – so, how many happy?

… liveability – longest work hours in the world

… culture – when films are banned, cartoon book’s funding was withdrawn, etc

Uniquely Singapore

Leong Sze Hian


About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.