Thinking Aloud

Forging community ties, one friendly gesture at a time

In nurturing social bonds, everyday things which seem hardest to do have biggest impact

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Singapore is well known all around the world for its Third to First World economic transformation, its efficient, effective Government, as well as for being a very fine, clean and green city.

The annual Shangri-La Dialogue, when defence chiefs from many countries gather on the island to thrash out the geopolitical issues of the day, is also well established.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 30, 2019, with the headline Forging community ties, one friendly gesture at a time. Subscribe