19 Oct '11, 11am

DTN Singapore: Bhutan is not the 'Shangri-la on earth', says Khaw: SINGAPORE: The measure of happiness has been

DTN Singapore: Bhutan is not the 'Shangri-la on earth', says Khaw: SINGAPORE: The measure of happiness has been

SINGAPORE: The measure of happiness has been a topic of debate in Parliament over the last few days, and constant references to Bhutan have been made as well. National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan joined the debate, saying he visited the small nation a few years ago and the romanticised version of the ancient kingdom did not fit the reality he saw there. In his speech in Parliament on Wednesday, he said Bhutan is not the "Shangri-la on earth" that some make it out to be. Mr Khaw said: "Most of the time, I saw unhappy people, toiling in the field, worried about the next harvest and whether there would be buyers for their products. They have studied us because Singapore is also a tiny nation, living next to big neighbours. "We have successfully transited from third world to first, and managed to create a functioning and harmonious society for our people. In their minds...

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