SAFEST CITIES IN THE WORLD? TOKYO RANKED FIRST, SINGAPORE SECOND, KUALA LUMPUR COMES IN AT 31st PLACE
|Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia|
(from Zafiyah Hussain's compilation)
TOKYO is the safest city in the world, Singapore second and Kuala Lumpur comes in at 31st place, according to Safe Cities Index 2017.
To be complacent, Malaysians should be happy because 31st is better than 32nd.
|Tokyo, capital of Japan|
In terms of health security, factors like air and water qualities are measured along with the access to healthcare facilities.
Though Singapore's healthcare is top-notch, the price to pay is also pretty steep. Thus, many citizens who are in the lower income category have difficulties getting medical help.
|Singapore, a city state|
Besides that, the annual threat of haze also significantly affects each country's scores. Hence, Singapore came in 13th place in this sector.
As for Kuala Lumpur, who came in 36th place, we also face the annual haze threat. We may have cheaper medical bills in government hospital but it is undeniable that we have a lot of room for improvement especially when it comes to facilities and efficiency.
By Fauzi Kadir
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