As Singapore becomes more cosmopolitan, it should try to avoid becoming a generic luxury city no different from other cities.
Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Irene Ng cited Orchard Road as an example. The shopping belt is lined with luxury shops which are similar to those in London, New York or Paris. Ms Ng added that these shops sell branded goods that are usually beyond the budget of the average Singaporean.
Ms Ng added that it was important to maintain the local cultures of Singapore and its national identity.
“To preserve the feel of Singapore as a familiar home, we need to invest more in our local arts and heritage and in conserving our distinctive landmarks and localities even if they do not seem to make immediate or obvious economic sense. We should jealously guard our few remaining sleepy hollows, such as our outer islands, with their small local businesses and rustic charm. May Starbucks never set up shop in Ubin.”