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The value of everything that we've lost

How much of our heritage have we sacrificed in our rush to reach the pinnacle of success?

Ven Sreenivasan
Published Fri, Feb 24, 2017 · 09:50 PM

A FOREIGN friend once made this observation of Singapore and Singaporeans: "You guys are highly successful, materially speaking. You know the price of everything you have. But I'm not sure you know the value of everything you lose."

I didn't think much about his question at first. Perhaps he was just joking or just being a mite jealous, coming from a neighbouring country which is grappling with a host of problems in many areas, from social harmony to government ethics.

But on reflection…

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