headlining news of The Sunday Times on Oct 12, 2003: "DPM wants
PM, SM in his cabinet
when he takes over." I dont
call that news. They should do a survey and find out if Singaporeans had
expected otherwise for the item to be justified as headlining news. Eh
oh I see! Its news for foreigners, like most other things
in Singapore! Ai-ya, of 'cos, lah, how can I be so stupid!
In that same
edition of the paper "On that slapping story
rumour went that Mr Dhanabalan received an angry slap from Mr Lee Hsien
Loong for supposedly siding with Dr Hu in an argument." My siow
friends response to that: So maybe it wasnt an angry
slap at all but a correctional slap or a cautionary slap, maybe even an
affectionate slap. But I warned him, be careful he might get accused of
re-starting an old rumour, which, come to think of it, theyre still
at it in the papers! Right down to the exact year it was started!
elaborated: "The story circulated throughout the 1990s and found
its way into a book on Singapore by Australian academic Ross Worthington
last year. Did Mr Dhanabalan plan to sue the writer to clear his name?"
the author of the book were here and had assets, I would sue him. But
he is an Australian and is out of jurisdiction" was the reply.
Singapore man was arrested in Bangkok for threatening to assassinate our
PM and bomb the Singapore and American embassies, the Straits Times reported
on Oct 10, 03. "This was apparently motivated by a desire to
disrupt events and he may have some mental problems," the report
added. Sane HDB-dwellers (read: heartlanders) in Singapore, Im sure,
would not be surprised at this 'cos they know there are plenty of loonies
deep in the heart of our true heartland. And that national heartlanding
"psychosis" even at its most benign can be encountered as SM* -defensive
behaviour on an everyday level. Yeah, one flew over the cuckoos
like it means anything to most, or that they care.
wrote to the ST saying: "The standard of English is falling. The
standard of Chinese is also falling, perhaps even more drastically. The
end product of the education system seems to be individuals who are apathetic
and incapable of thinking independently
" (my italics)
(Oct 10. 03). Sounds like sheer success for the system as it was
intended, if you ask me!
Andrea De Cruz vs Slim 10 court battle (see also chapter 54 of my book
Attack Of The SM* Space Encroachers)
One brave, albeit unnamed,
local actress said in 8 Days (issue #679): "If this case had happened
in the US, the official bodies which approved Slim 10 wouldve been
sued for millions of dollars." Darling, the official body here most
definitely made an "honest mistake," if the mistake was at all
theirs to begin with.
the "acccountable" boss who imported the harmful Slim 10 slimming product,
told 8 Days (#680): "People tell us to be entrepreneurs I
did that and got two tight slaps." People? I know its
time for Liu to cover backside more than ever, but people and Gov. are
not the same, you know. For a start, people are unlikely to make "honest
mistakes" (a theory based on punitive measures meted by the court
of justice; take Liu himself, for instance). Just as the Gov. never makes
a "dishonest mistake" (based on, at least, the 540 cases of
corruption reported thus far this year ST, Oct 7, 03). Anyway,
it is interesting that Liu spoke of entrepreneurship.
displays of maids (-photos) must stop, agencies told" the
ST headline went on Oct 15, 03. An official circular from the authorities
has been issued to warn that such displays are "unacceptable practices."
Tough luck, entrepreneurs. Reason given: "It has created international
disrepute for Singapore, as we are perceived not to have accorded the
foreign domestic workers basic human dignity."
argue about the concern over "international disrepute," after
all, its foreigners forever! But I am just that bit baffled
by the nature of the "basic human dignity" referred to there.
Is that the same one that not long ago insisted gay-lifestyle is unacceptable
to our Asian family values but now says we have grown tolerant when the
transparency for it is clearly all to do with "chasing the pink dollar"
(Sunday Times, Aug 17, 03)?
I have to
ask because if I dont understand it, how do you expect the SM*-defensive
Singaporeans to? I think we should at least state it in better, clearer
terms, as in "basic ECONOMIC human dignity." There, isnt
it so much clearer now? Just as we have homoNOsexuals in Singapore (see
August 03 of The XHo-Files Use Your Brain To Cover
Your Butt, Its Homo Time), we should add "basic ECONOMIC human
dignity" to our extraordinary national nature. Nothings
too "radical" to flaunt in the face of Remaking Singapore, remember?
In a sense,
Id say we HAVE arrived. Just think, we now allow chewing gum to
be sold here again. Only with a prescription, of course. As in
doctors order. As in with written authorisation. Nothing
like a gummy piece of pure poetry in chewing motion. And it was all the
result of an ECONOMIC free trade pact! Its like you want
gum? You got it (but with authorisation, lor)! Yes siree, there
aint nothin we cant get around.
Like I said
arrived! - XHo
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