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Singapore Lover, Singapore Hater

Monday, December 26th, 2005

For those who have faithfully been checking back in, I apologize for the long absence. 2006 is just around the corner, so just thought I’ll post a few last posts before the year is over.

This blog was started while was I still overseas, but I’ve since graduated, and have been back for a few months now. As with every new graduate, job hunting was slow and painful, but fortunately, the hunt for me is over.

In these past few months though, being jobless left me time to go through the Straits Times daily, and I have to say that I’m rather disappointed with it’s standards in news reporting. I wouldn’t really treat it as a serious source of news, but much more as a source of lame entertainment.

The sentiments among the younger generation is still the same though – they want change, and a loosening from the current draconian measures the State has chosen to take. They want a say in society, and they want to be heard, and at least to be considered. Quite a number still yearn to migrate.

A lot of young people, having been bombarded by the american way of life through Hollywood movies and american tv programming yearn for those kinds of freedoms, a more liberated way of life, opportunities to persue their dreams, the chance to just be who they are. With that concept in mind, this speech caught my eye:

    “Taken in context, what I was saying was that, compared to Europe, America is a very young country and we are still growing as a nation. It is a shame that the metaphor I used was taken so radically out of context and slung about irresponsibly by the news media. There was no anti-American sentiment. In fact, it was just the opposite. I am an American. I love my country and have great hopes for it. It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefited greatly from the freedom that exists in my country and for this I am eternally grateful.”

    “France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.”

    (via E! online, Depp Proud to Be an American)

Paraphrasing in the context of Singapore, it would go something like:

    “Compared to America, Singapore is a very very young country and we are still growing as a nation. It’s a shame that those who have chosen to speak of the problems of the country and the changes that are needed were so radically out of context. There was no anti-Singapore sentiment. In fact, it was just the opposite. I am a Singaporean. I love my country and have great hopes for it. It is for this reason that I speak candidly and sometimes critically about it. I have benefitted greatly from the stability and safety that exists in my country and for this I am eternally greatful.”

But I guess there is no such thing as a perfect society. Even Europe has it’s problems, with riots and chaos that took place in Paris only a few weeks ago. Every society has it’s strengths and weakness. It makes sense to maintain it’s strengths and work on it’s weaknesses.

I do have great hopes for Singapore. Being small gives us great advantages. Just as it took us less than 30 years to reach first world equilvalency in terms of economics and technology, I believe that the much required liberation will come hopefully with this generation of leaders, if not my generation of leaders. After all, change is a neccessary transition in life.

As for the direction of Singapore Watch, we’ll continue posting things of interest and of relation to Singapore. Elections are coming up next year. If you have the opportunity to vote, do vote wisely. 😉 I doubt I’ll have the change to exercise my vote. Tanglin never gets contested.

Back to the Books

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005