As we’ve seen in the cases of the recent Gong Cha flagship store opening, the iPhone X launch, Lee Kuan Yew’s lying in state, and (of course) McDonald’s Hello Kitty plush toys craze, Singaporeans of all ages just love to queue.
But the phenomenon of long snaking lines has existed here since long before the modern era, as local history blogger Jerome Lim — of The Long and Winding Road — noted on his Facebook page. As far back as the ‘70s, Singaporeans have been politely queuing up for everything, including taxi and bus rides, train tickets, market purchases, and more. With such a societal inclination towards kiasu-ism since Singapore’s founding, it shouldn’t be a shocker that even the prime minister would be willing to stand in line.
Take a gander at the photo album below: