December 15, 2012

Overcrowded Singapore

Covering an area of only 710 km2, Singapore now has over 5 million people – slightly more than 1.5x more people since I left home more than 7 years ago.

I thought that there were already too many people in the tiny city when we were slightly less than 4 million occupants, and looking at the recent pictures posted by friends on FB, I am convinced that the city is now just super-overcrowded.

The crowd, as captured in the images below are pretty insane. With the majority of the population being extremely dependent on public transport to commute to work, I cannot imagine having to battle through this crowd day-in, day-out.

Imagine standing bum-to-bum, face-to-bum or head-under-someone’s-smelly-sweaty-armpit…or if you are a parent, battling through this crowd with young children, bags and stroller in tow. With such a crowd, molesters, perverts and pick-pockets can easily get away with murder.

Singapore’s (used-to-be-efficient) infrastructure is bursting at the seam. This is just not funny.

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