A united Nations body has praised Singapore for its policies promoting social and racial harmony.
Mr Khalid Malik, from the UN Development Programme, told The Straits Times that the country has done well to progress from a Third-World nation to a First-World one in a short span of time.
"What I also see is very positive is (that) Singapore has managed to bring many groups and races together into a cohesive sense of being a Singaporean," he said ahead of yesterday's release of the latest Human Development Report.
Mr Khalid, the report's lead author and director of the Human Development Report Office, noted that the report found that cohesive societies tend to do better in developing their citizens.
This, in turn, increases the country's ability to deal with crises, such as a natural disaster or a man-made one like the global financial meltdown in 2008.
He added in the interview on July 10 that Singapore also shines in providing plenty of gainful employment.
But he added that the country has issues to address as well.
"It has also some challenges... of a certain amount of inequality; the lower end of the scale of Singaporeans are not benefiting as much as possible."
This article was first published on July 25, 2014.
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