Opinions differ, but in the ongoing conversation about whether Singapore is a First World country populated with Third World people, my experiences do not match Professor Tommy Koh's harsh words (Why are Singaporeans a Third World people?, Oct 6).
As I leave my home, the Chinese uncle asks how my last trip was, the Indian shopkeeper at 7-Eleven gives me two dining scratch card vouchers , the Malay cashier at the Coffee Bean outlet tells me about her company trip - to Bangkok, no less.
In the 18 years I have been in Singapore, people tend to respond in kind when I treat them with a kind and positive attitude and behaviour. I take an interest in people's lives.
Is there room for improvement? Sure. But it all starts with me, not others.