Everything appears so calm these past few days.
This after they are experiencing 1990s conditions where there were much lesser people in Singapore this Chinese New Year, as an estimated one million foreigners left Singapore the past week to go back to their home countries to celebrate, with commerce and businesses grinding to a halt and an eerie calm has overtaken the country.
One Singaporean, Guo Xing Nian, said there is an appreciable change in atmosphere as the streets are less crowded and even the roads have become more empty: “Really feels like the 1990s where there were less people. The whole place seems to have a sense of normality and calm that I’ve not experienced at any other time throughout the year.”
“No feelings of claustrophobia at all.”
Other Singaporeans noted that this decline in the number of people in the country has improved living conditions as there has been a lesser need to fight for available space and the frenetic pace of everyday living has slowed down considerably.
Xiang Tong Nian, another local said he was surprised that this change is so noticeable, even though he has all along been well aware that Singapore has been reliant on foreigners: “Singapore must have more Chinese New Year public holidays. It will be good for everybody as there will be more days of emptiness.”
“We could really use a bit of that.”