will not let pilots do $ingapore in: DPM" was the top
headline on Nov 29, 2003 (The Straits Times). It referred to the SIA-pilots
unions "resentment (that) SIA announced a stunning $306-million
profit for the second quarter" (in 2003) after "wage cuts and
layoffs" were made on SIA crew at the height of the Sars scourge.
"No one should doubt the Govts resolve in wanting to maintain
and preserve our industrial peace," an acting manpower minister said.
Of course, we know that to mean no one could or can.
all come to light, the rationale behind that big question are you
($ingaporeans) ready to die for your country? Put in that SIA-union context,
the question should read: "Hey, hi-flying pilot-dudes, are you ready
to sacrifice for your country?" The original question, then, wasnt
so much a question as a manpowered nudge on what you should take
to heart if you know whats good for you. Or as Chua Mui Hoong trumpeted
on Dec 20, 2003 in her ST Insight essay "Being kiasu
and kancheong are all right, but lets not be kiasi".
so true! How else can the State know of your citizenry allegiance if you
dont avail yourself to die for it? After all, everyone here
and we do mean every ONE is sooo kiasu already. (A good
rationale for transparency, yeah?) Without some deaths, or at best
sacrifices, how can we secure the all-important "industrial peace"?
Or social peace or cultural peace or national peace (Im sure we
can think of a hundred more peaces whenever for whatever). See the importance
of being kancheong now?
lifts rule on scriptless art forms" (ST, Nov 28, 2003). Now, would
you have thought that the news item there also refers to performance art?
Never mind the scrupulous headline, read the report: "The National
Arts Council is funding a forum theatre play as well as a performance
art event (by Dramabox), lifting a 10-year no-funding rule on the two
scriptless art forms." (Eh, not that during those 10 years, one could
stage performance art even without funding, lah. The report
was not transparently stated enough, leh!).
Councils move follows the Govts acceptance in Sept, 2003 of
a Censorship Review Committee recommendation that the controversial no-funding
rule of the two art forms be lifted." How gently put. After all,
beggars and servants cant possibly harp on the10 year-rule as one
subsuming no-permission as well. Well, not at a time like now anyway,
when the Master is being so-so benevolent.
By the way,
in case youre just born yesterday and are wondering why the ruling
before, the ST report states that in the past those scriptless performances,
especially performance art, were shunned because they "may be exploited
to agitate the audience on volatile social issues". The precise premise
of art, you say? Ai-yah, we are $ingapore, not London or New York.
Our art has to function for our own, even unique, reasons. Art peace,
artistic director hoped that NAC would "keep an open mind on censorship
matters in the long run". Oh so gently now to the Masters. But
but not when it comes to flaunting our all-new hip-&-swinging $ingapore
being remade, babe. Look! In that same days ST: "Time to break
the rules"! (Oh yeah?) went the headline for a Pulp Festival
allowing artists to collaborate with breakdancers. So chant it luv, for
full subliminal remaking effect "time to break the rules,
time to break the rules
" But please do it softly to scriptless
art performers, hor. After all, we do want to encourage benevolent
peace-stakers to feel assured to "keep an open mind", you know.
O how we
look like were helping to break the rules. Cher, the Hollywood
actress, was quoted in our ST saying: "I would rather stick needles
in my eyes than be a Republican", and shes referring to the
ruling party in her country, dudes. Can you imagine local actors (the
TV ones or otherwise) saying theyd rather stick needles in their
eyes than support the PAP? The moon falling from the sky would be more
plausible. Likewise, the veteran actor Robert Redford was quoted in
the ST the following day saying: "Ive never known an administration
more narrow, more limited and more mean." All I can say to time-to-break-the-rules
believers is this is not America. So, conviction may run deep but
shit-creeks are deeper. Not that theyd know
something you wont find in books" the caption ran for
an ad from an educational institution (SMU); that something being "passion"!
Nothing like a campaign to awaken what even books cannot.
And thats just on passion. Wed need another for
conviction. So what would they know, not to mention invisible OB-markers
in this hip-&-swinging era!
a must for nations growth" is a billowing new tune theyre
blowing in the wind of change these remaking days (ST, Dec 2, 2003). All
the more so 'cos our nations founding father tells a forum he didnt
realise "the importance of those who think outside the box when he
was building $ingapore". An honest mistake then, or gently-gently,
an honest oversight.
the same report are three foreign mavericks (almost the only kind left
around here now) who were part of a two-day Global Brand Forum held in
town. Spiritual guru Deepak Chopra said: "Leaders who look only for
external goals, such as money, will fail." Thank god ours are also
after ceaseless control (very internal a goal there, I tell you).
Anita Roddick, the Body Shop founder who has now stepped down as the Shops
chief executive. She said that if she were still in charge, she "would
be challenging the World Trade Organisation, the war in Iraq". Yo,
Ms Maverick, I mean Roddick. If you think our Govt is gonna sit back and
let its people do as what you wish, youre out of your mazing
maverick mind. But of course, we know you are speaking as a Briton and
hardly know the REAL host who invited you. Nice billowing work then, mate.
the third named speaker Scott Bedbury, a marketing strategist, said, "The
challenge for $ingapore is to find ways to poke fun at itself
have to have fun. You cant just say theres fun to be had here."
Well, thats one man who really doesnt know $ingapore. Over
here, the authorities simply have to say and it shall be so! It may not
seem logical but, hey, were $ingapore, unique unto the world!!
to take up Bedburys point
Hello, like HELLO!!! See me, feel
me, this is Mr Tickling me poke-poke, hello?! Can you stop those foot-servants
from calling this relevant-me here tiresome then?
And so its
come to be known that all the big talk about mavericks (and bohemians)
is but hot-air to puff up that big baloney ready to explode on its own
peace-taking myths. Before challenging the war in Iraq, why not
try and pilot a challenge on union-leaders for a start? As you
can see, no one can survive big-big here without the age-old yes-yes decorum
to help hold the whatever-peace. Unless were talking about
all-conforming and nodding mavericks.
Well be so unique, $ingapore!
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