IN the past five months, I travelled to the Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, China and Saudi Arabia, and in each country, I kept hearing a recurring theme – the unbearable cost of living and the inability of their leaders to find a solution.
If you’re going to Singapore, just pop into a taxi and hear the drivers whining about their leaders. This, in a nation supposedly better and more respected in the region, if not the world.
Wong Chun Wai began his career as a journalist in Penang, and has served The Star for over 35 years in various capacities and roles. He is now group editorial and corporate affairs adviser to the group, after having served as group managing director/chief executive officer. On The Beat made its debut on Feb 23 1997 and Chun Wai has penned the column weekly without a break, except for the occasional press holiday when the paper was not published. In May 2011, a compilation of selected articles of On The Beat was published as a book and launched in conjunction with his 50th birthday. Chun Wai also comments on current issues in The Star.