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Was in a workshop for the past 2 days with discussions on issues faced by Southeast Asia cities.

A reflection of the many issues discussed.

Singapore is indeed unique- both a city and a state at the same time.

Cities have to grapple with issues linked to urbanisation, providing amenities to the people, ensuring the less privileged has access to adequate infrastructure and amenities and other urban management issues. In addition to all these, they have to grapple with political issues between the central government and the local government. This is indeed challenging, especially in this time of rapid urbanisation.

Singapore, being small, is fortunate in a sense. Singapore faced challenges of urbanisation, competition etc as with other cities. However, there is no issue of central government and local government as the city-state is planned and managed by the government- its physical land mass is too small for further decentralisation. Land use planning in Singapore has to be holistic, with many agencies integrating their work to optimise and maximise the use of limited resources.

Being small might be good in this sense. Till I have further thoughts on this matter.

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