And our heritage has not be indiscriminately destroyed either.
Monuments have been gazetted, important buildings have been preserved and used sensitively, whole areas have been conserved; and buildings with architectural value are singled out for preservation.
In fact, the Urban Redevelopment Authority has conserved more than 7,000 buildings in Singapore.
But it needs to be said that while some of these buildings have been used well -- schools turned into museums -- some others have not been as well protected.
Read the full article by Elaine Ee (who also writes for publichouse.sg) on CNNgo here.