I agree with one of the letter writers who wrote the title above.
There's no point dissuading Singaporeans who are set on leaving, or persuading them to come back. When they have reached that point, you've already lost them. It's not like they made the decision to leave overnight.
It's all the little push and pull factors that made them leave.
Look towards making the people we still have stay instead.
And yes, the $4 million dollar is wasted. No problem. Singapore is rich.
By the way, there's a good set of photos of Singapore Day 2012 on Flickr.
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No point dissuading S'poreans already set on leaving