Lim had told me that Singapore holds a strategic sand reserve, for emergencies. It lies somewhere near the area called Bedok, I said. I spotted it one day as I rode past in a taxi. The site was strewn with No Trespassing signs, installed by the Housing and Development Board, a government agency. Fenced off from the public, the giant trapezoidal dunes shone bone-white in the sun and caramel in the shade, as the sand waited to be summoned.
That is from an excellent piece by Samanth Subramanian (NYT), about Singapore, land, and preparing for climate change. The Singaporean constitution also devotes several pages to outlining how the government will manage its investments.