Something to laud about

This heartland uncle went to the supermarket and got patted on the back by fellow heartland aunties, for smiling to the cashier: apparently in a Singapore that no longer smiles.

When even something as pedestrian as a smile evokes praise from strangers, it is time to reflect on whether this ‘world-class’ Singaporean facade, with its hyper-capitalist, economy-centric obsession, is something to really laud about.

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