A couple of days ago, the Filipino media ABS-CBN news reported that their journalists were shocked and confused when they saw PM Lee Hsien Loong disembark from a small unmarked Gulfstream jet.
“For the hordes of journalists who have gotten used to covering more than a dozen world leaders who arrived on board their jumbo jet flag carriers, and even their own presidential airplanes for some, like the Air Force One of US President Barack Obama, seeing a small private jet flying the Singapore leader was slightly out of the norm.”
The news article also highlighted that Singapore is one of the richest economies in the world with a GDP per capita and yet PM Lee also chooses to travel on commercial flights for official business.
We can’t decide if the Filipino media is indirectly criticising Singapore for being stingy or praising us for our financial prudence. What do you think?