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.

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