One of the best ways to see this city's priorities can be gleaned from its public advertisements.
This is a poster from the National Volunteer and Philantrophy Centre. The Centre promotes volunteerism among citizens to give time to various causes that affect much of the country's life. I think much of it is community-based which is good because this is the way to go in order to make a huge difference. These services include caring for the elderly, teaching kids how to read or do storytelling sessions, etc.
This is an ad from Smart Taxis. It says that service is more than just a buzzword; it's a way of life. It promises to 1.) Greet passengers once they get on; 2.) Ask for their preferred route; 3.) provide a safe journey; 4.) Keep their taxis clean; and 5.) Ensure that their meters are switched on at the start of the journey and that the correct fare is charged. Non-compliance with their list of promises means you get your money back in form of taxi vouchers if you complain. In return, if the taxi drivers provide you excellent service, you can reward them with a tip. Not bad!
So why am I making this entry? Because these are things that we sorely lack back home. We have the laws, we have the many innumerable attempts to apply them yet setbacks like budget and very little political wall continue to make our cities less desirable to live in. Singapore may be sterile - others call it boring - but coming from someone who has lived in chaos for years, being here is truly a welcome change.