posted on Nov, 16 2004 @ 07:50 AM
My two cents worth on the state of Singapore these days...
We are a farce, a puppet show designed to please our masters.You know, I once thought that this island could give me what I wanted in life.I may be in
my 20s but I've lived here long enough to see the gradual change from a idyllic place with a hallmark for reliability and a good quality of life
become a place where the only things that matter are the interests of the establishment.We have produced good schools, institutes which teach us in a
holistic manner, telling us that there is more to life than the power that you possess or the car you drive.Sadly, even they have been co-opted by the
tentacles of an insidious command and control entity.We are exhorted to speak up, yeah , to mouth the official lines and act out the scripts smacked
in our faces,like actors who are forced to perform for one single mega-company.
Substance is also something which is slowly disappearing from our landscape.Look around you, everything is a false picture, from the sweaty grins on
the faces of our NSmen to the "humility" that the establishment show when they turn up for the nation's birthday not in suits but white shirts
becuase they do not want to "appear" elitist.People are just lamely following the trend in everything they watch, listen or consume, akin to
lemmings.Where is the individual in all of this?Dead and buried alive almost like Arafat, our destiny sold for a measly bag of gold? I am sick of
seeing my friends and acquaintances sidelined for far too long in society because they are dramatists, artists and poets; people who dare to think and
ponder on the sorry state which we are in now.People whose lifestyle and attitudes piss off the ones that are in charge.Sure, it pisses them off
grealty because these control freaks can't keep us dear lemmings from escaping the cage which supposed to be the best place for us, safe from the
threats of creative destruction.Will someone enlighten me what the hell is creative thinking lessons?And what in God's name does anyone mean when
they say you can do any project as long as we approve it?Over-regulation only chokes the blood vessels of the nation, and yeah it bleeds white over
I see old men working their asses off at hawker centers and fast food outlets, not because they are too bored to enjoy their golden lives, but by the
stubborn refusal of certain people to realise that there are other ways to reduce the livi ng cost of the old and infirm.Have we become a South East
Asian Maquiladora, merely a factory for MNCs to come in and not be subjected to a minimum wage?By passing the buck to another generation, is this
securing a stable future for our children?I want and call for socially equitable FDI.Not wanton exploitation of the dreams of our children because we
are told to study Subject A because Industry A is gonna bring in the bucks.And more often than not, the sugary sweet forecasts leave a bitter pill in
the mouth for our young.
I want my Singapore to be a place where I can raise my children to be people who are not penalised in one way or another for being themselves, not be
treated as units of produciton but as individuals with goals and worthy desires which we must accord mutual respect.They must not come home and tell
me that they are afraid of the police because Daddy is an opposition politician.Is this hard to acheive?We must grab the future we desire, no one will
hand it to us on a silver platter.What I have said may sting, but it is the truth, whether you like it or not.The faster we as a society wake up and
realise WTF is wrong here, the better.Time waits for no man.