“...while it is usual to see more potholes after a rainy spell, “the number and size of potholes have gone up this year”. “ (ST, 16 January 2021)

The sight of road potholes reminds me of my visit to Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, as an official accompanying Dr Tony Tan, then Trade & Industry Minister, to the Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting. While our car negotiated the many potholes on the road, Dr Tan took the opportunity to tell me that road potholes were a sign of a poor developing country.

Singapore is neither poor nor a developing country. But the potholes on our roads are getting more and bigger. What does this tell us of the state that Singapore is in now?

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