By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore
The life of politician and government minister is really one that average Singaporean joes don’t really fully understand, given the complexities of the role, and the necessary security protocols. So it’s always interesting to learn of small personal tidbits, and particularly for us at Men’s Health, fitness routines. Mr Lee Kuan Yew was known for being pretty health and fitness conscious, changing his diet to unsweetened soya-bean milk and steamed vegetables in his later years, according to this report in the Straits Times, and also swimming and cycling to stay in shape.
And according to a recent Instagram post, it appears Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has also taken on board cycling as a way of juggling fitness amid his heavy workload.
And it certainly makes sense as a fitness activity, given it also allows our national leaders to actually head to the ground to see the real-world effect of the policies they enact. Minister Ong’s Instagram post wasn’t just about cycling though, as he also commented on the growing number of shared bikes being strewn around by riders after use.
The fact is, Singapore’s already a crowded enough place, and our shared workout and lifestyle areas, particularly our parks, are already hard enough to navigate with the human traffic.
There’s really no reason to make it harder on fellow cyclists and runners to have to hurtle across bikes, and when we consider the kids and pets that run and play on our pavements, it really is imperative that Singaporeans who use bicycle-sharing services should stop throwing them carelessly around after use.
Sure, the bicycle-sharing companies hold some responsibility for enacting the right system that ensures users are tidy with the bicycles post-use, but ultimately there’s also some personal responsibility involved.
Let’s prove we can deserve good things.
Image from Minister Ong Ye Kung’s Instagram page