Got a good idea or feedback to make our country a better place for all? Many government agencies are always open to information and suggestions that might make things more efficient, user-friendly, create a better living environment, etc.
At the most, your suggestion might be declined, but your idea might help ease motorists confusion, like a simple “Out” sign I suggested to the HDB. Or, you (or rather I did) help the NEA discover a massive breeding ground for mosquitoes in your estate (the NEA officer said they found “thousands” of larvae!!!). Or the time I wrote to the URA, LTA, our MP, town council and NParks (in one email, because I wasn’t sure whose responsibility it was), to suggest ramps between our estate and the market and shops.
So the next time you have a whinge, a complaint, or an annoyance, stop and think about what can be done about it. You don’t need to run for political office or lobby to be a NMP. It could be discussing with your friends the latest issues, to think about different angles to each problem, instead of going on a social media hate rage against current policies. Or, it could just be the little things, like greeting your neighbours in the morning, giving that parent of that whiney kid a smile, making small talk with the aunties and uncles, etc.
If you need some ideas, here’s an old post of mine on some inspirational people who are doing just that. And if you haven’t already seen this video of several German students who surprise a homeless man, it is interesting and inspiring (although the group did later say that while they have been doing similar acts, this one in particular was staged as they did not want to infringe on others’ privacy, which I think is fair enough).
What can we all do to make this world a better place?