Friday, January 14, 2005

The Three Tests.


.. and a couple of links to provide more food for thought on this issue.

C. writes on a more vehement note about what she feels of the quitters versus stayers debate. (For the record, I preferred her original now-deleted post.) Note that it has been more than two years since Goh Chok Tong's national day speech of 2002.

Danielozzi models governments as providers of services and writes of the three largest emigration movements from the United States of America in history. Re-reading his post about global migration, I cannot help but hear faint echoes of Angell's Death of the Nation State.


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On a more whimsical note, I would like to now formally document here the Singapore Serf three tests of whether a community is 'livable'. Note that the first two tests were formulated many, many moons ago and the third only recently added. They are more guideline and rule of thumb tests. Not even going to pretend that they approximate any serious measurement criteria.


* Does the place have a McDonalds?

McDonalds has some of the world's most advanced (and proprietary) site modelling systems in place. The system forecasts and attempts to quantify if a potential store location is likely to draw in enough customers (with sufficient purchasing power) in order to prosper.

The presence of a McDonalds indicates a minimum level of purchasing power in a community (the concept of purchasing power parity). Communities which are struggling to survive economically on a day-to-day basis are not very likely to find a McDonalds in residence.

A McDonalds is also a good indication that the country you are in has not upset the US government sufficiently, resulting in economic and trade embargoes - leading to difficulty in obtaining other American-made products. Especially all those high-tech consumers toys we geeks cannot live without.


* Is there a major hospital nearby?

A hospital indicates the existence of government-funded public infrastructure. Hospitals are very expensive to build, equip, staff and operate. Only metropolitan areas are likely to have a hospital capable of fixing up a person who has lost an argument with a car. We are not even talking about CAT scanners or hyperbaric chambers here. Just your basic facilities and skilled medical personnel.

McDonalds will build a branch anywhere (it can) that is profitable. McDonalds does not care if it the local community's purchasing dollar, or if it purchasing dollars from a healthy transit tourist trade.

The existence of a hospital could pretty much guarantee the likelihood of decent infrastructure like roads, portable water, electricity and food distribution. And perhaps even indicate the existence of other tertiary infrastructure like public libraries, non-profit museums, parks and other recreational facilities.


* Can a voluptuous local female walk down the street braless without being stared at or otherwise molested?

This one is a new criteria that I came up with after the SO's visit to Sydney. The SO commented to me that it was possible for a top-heavy female to waltz braless down the main city streets without drawing any attention.

In order to do so implies a minimum level of personal safety (in order for the lady to feel secure), and a certain level of jaded sophistication in the general population not to take offence.


So there you have it. The three totally unscientific SWAG rules of thumb.


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For those who are looking for a carefully complied and audited surveys investigating the most liveable cities in the world, you need look no further than Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The company releases an annual
cost of living survey and quality of living survey.

Please note that the Mercer indices are geared more towards the global expatriate demographic, and may not be an accurate assessment for the local resident condition.



3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

re the Stayers and Quitters debate. Do people who leave Singapore expect the rest of us to be completely neutral about it? We are a small nation. We have no resources whatsoever, and people are the only factors that can ensure that our country continues to survive and thrive. Yes, Australia is a great place, but they have natural resources and space, while we don't. It's so easy to just blame the Government for orchestrating campaigns, but undeniably as citizens we have a duty to ensure that Singapore at least survives. If we don't, then who does?? Is leaving not selfish?

This sounds so propaganda-ish, but it's really commensensical. It may be bitter medicine to take. As for her Annabel Chong comment, that's kind of unfair. It's not as if US society doesn't disapprove of porn "stars". That woman should be very ashamed for putting Singapore on the map for that..

Okay, sorry for rambling on your blog.

January 17, 2005 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

re the Bad Mannered and Gracious debate. Do people who have no manners expect the rest of us to be completely neutral about it? We are a small nation. We have no history whatsoever, and people are the only factors that can ensure that our country continues to become a more gracious society. Yes, Australia is a great place, but they have long history, while we don't. It's so easy to just blame the Government for orchestrating campaigns, but undeniably as citizens we have a duty to ensure that Singapore at least improves. If we don't, then who does?? Is joining the ranks of churlish brutes not selfish?

This sounds so propaganda-ish, but it's really commensensical. It may be bitter medicine to take. As for the *insert the name of some famous person* comment, that's kind of unfair. It's not as if OZ society doesn't disapprove of rude people. That person should be very ashamed for putting Singapore on the map for that..

Okay, sorry for rambling on your blog.

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Given an education that practices passive tolerance and Orchestrated opposition, you expect the minority to stay till the bitter end? We have been taught to be pragmatic and that, we shall be.

Apathy is not cultivated within a day. An entire generation has been lost. We shall see if the efforts to salvage the current generation bears any fruit.

JRTKK

January 18, 2005 12:56 AM  
Blogger Tym said...

Can a voluptuous local female walk down the street braless without being stared at or otherwise molested?I totally agree with you on this one. What is up with most men in Singapore? Like never see breasts before like dat...

February 08, 2005 5:43 PM  

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