According to the post by Peter G.de Krassel (he is a so called strategic analyst and contemporary social commentator) on South China Morning Post on 24 May 2020, the singular advantage Singapore has over Hong Kong is its affordable public housing. On the political and economic fronts, Singapore is no better than Hong Kong. Even in the fight against coronavirus, Singapore is left far far behind Hong Kong.
Well, I find it strange that Peter is dragging in Singapore again for his social commentary post of Hongkongers and Hong Kong Corporation contemplating whether to stay in Hong Kong or move to Singapore due to the lingering protest and passing of new security law by China. He also went on to make the remark that "Singapore like China is effectively a one-party state". This is a typical western "Ang Mo" view that either you are a democracy like the USA or you are deemed an autocratic nation. So if you are an autocratic nation, then something is very wrong with your political system and the associated democratic attributes of such system.
In my personal opinion, Peter Krassel got it all wrong. Such Ang Mo don't seemed to understand that there is a Mao-era China and a Deng Xiaoping era China albeit being seemed to be a one-party state but in actual fact, there is a world of difference. Deng Xiaoping revamped the politics at the bureaucracy level which bears qualities of democratic society system such as introduction of competition and accountability. This paved the way for the rise of modern China to its current greatness which is continuing its evolution under the Xi Jinping era. In addition, I do not know why Peter Krassel insisted on his assertion that Singapore is similar to China due to its opaque political system that leads to the perpetual election of the People's Action Party (PAP).
It is an absolute fallacy to think that there is no democracy in Singapore and that the PAP is not accountable to Singaporeans. The 2011 General Election whereby public housing prices and shortages were hot button issues is a perfectly good example. If the PAP had not listened, it would surely have gone out of power in the future. A U-turn was made with the step down of Mah Bow Tan from cabinet and the appointment of Khaw Boon Wah as the new Minister of National Development. From there on, Khaw did a fantastic job of resolving the BTO shortages housing issue by building first instead of Mah's wait first then build. HDB and EC eligibility wage ceiling were also raised to help the sandwiched class and more generous housing grants were also given out.
Anyway, comparing Hong Kong and Singapore are like comparing chalk and cheese. Hong Kong has a great hither-land, China, to rely on even if things turned chaotic for a while. Singapore unfortunately does not have such overwhelming luxury. I cannot imagine freedom of speech and human rights such as staging violent protests and beating up people with different viewpoints can happen in Singapore without permanent damage to our reputation and the eventual demise of our economy and the loss of jobs of many Singaporeans due to the exodus of investors from riots.