Self-reliance and working with others go hand in hand

Madam Lee Yin Chee is right in saying that we should always learn to be self-reliant (Better to learn to be self-reliant; May 24). True security can only happen when we do that.

Singapore's water supply is a good example. While we buy water from a neighbouring country that has more water than we do, we have also developed technologies that enable us to be more self-reliant.

We should do the same for our food supply.

There is plenty of food being produced in the region. Importing food increases trade and, thus, prosperity.

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However, we should also develop our own resources.

Self-reliance, or knowing that there are alternatives, provides us with greater confidence, which in turn leads to better relations with potential trading partners.

Self-reliance and knowing how to work with others go hand in hand.

Tang Li

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2017, with the headline 'Self-reliance and working with others go hand in hand'. Print Edition | Subscribe