This morning, I wrote a letter to the Straits Times’ Sumiko Tan. Here’s her reply.

Dear Lynn,

Thanks for your e-mail and link to your interesting and well-written blog.

I don’t disagree that there are people – too many – in Singapore who are like the homeless man you mentioned.

Like you, my heart goes out to them.

My column was merely to share my view that at this point in Singapore’s history, there are many things to be grateful about in Singapore.

Too often, I feel, Singapore gets a bad press from its own people. Just wanted to balance the view.

Thanks for writing to me and for writing your blog, which presents another view.

Wishing you all the best,