Don't like Singapore? Fuck off - and we wouldn't miss you.

I wanted to blog the following out for a very long time now, but I wanted to wait till National Day gambols around in it's flamboyant sequins to do it with the full impact.

Of course, National Day is not here till four days later, but I can't wait anymore.

Let's see.

I wanted to merely say that I love Singapore, but I also realized that I hate some of the people in here, who mars our beautiful garden city.

These are the JIAK KAN TANG (eat potato) people who meet so often.

I don't often meet such people nowadays (thank goodness!) but I know they exist. I HATE SUCH PEOPLE. Wait, hate is not enough, let's make it CURSE THEM ALL TO ETERNAL HELL.

Most of these people would be

1) Speaking with a stupid American/any other "superior English" accent

2) Coming from English-speaking girl and boy schools like ACS or MGS

3) Constantly whining about a lack of freedom and space in SG.

4) Saying Singapore sucks and they would fly away at their youngest age possible.

5) Have freckles

Well, here's my views about some common kantang phrases:

I wish I were born in XXX country/ I want to migrate to XXX country.

Well, I am speaking to you if you are one of those irritating people who hates Singapore down to our last Vanda Miss Joaquim.
Kantang: "I am so unlucky. If I were luckier, I would have been born in American
instead of Singapore, where we can eat chewing gum and the Government does not
treat us like babies."

Me: "Well, that's bullshit. It's like saying ...
My mum sucks and I wish I was born out of another woman. Not possible at all."

Kantang: "No
... That's not true. Singapore sucks."


DUH! YOU CAN'T CHOOSE WHERE YOU ARE BORN! And also, your life in Singapore has nurtured you to become YOU and whatever BULLSHIT and unimportant opinions that you have, so if you were American, you might really want to be a Singaporean, you would never know.

Thinking of migrating? I have a message for you: I don't think your dream country welcomes you.

Let's take this situation into consideration. Let's use the world's best country, which is Switzerland, because it has very accurate clocks and nice chocolate.

If all the ungrateful kantangs (possibly ugly too) all flock to Switzerland, it will have its finest chocolate all gobbled up, and its clocks all not so accurate anymore because non-Swits are not accustomed nor patient enough to wind pocket clocks to supreme accurancy.

Thus, not only will all the Swits hate the Singaporean Kantangs (I hope they realize that the non-kantangs are nicer people), and hence making Switzerland not so pleasant, the mere reasons why it is so nice in the first place would be obsolete.

You may think I am stretching it, and actually I am. But please spoil me and allow me to give you another fine example. The second best country to be born in would be Venezuela, because all the girls there look like beauty queens with blonde hair rippling to their waist and they have nice chocolate.

- If you are a male kantang there, you will be able to fuck beautiful girls.

- If you are a female kantang there, it is likely that people will generalize and claim that you are beautiful just because you are Venezuelan. You will get fucked often.


The above two hypothetical dream situations will not happen.

Because you are possibly ugly like shit.

And when you go to Venezuela to live, the only people you would be able to shag would be other jaded (and possibly cobweb-covered-around-the-genitals) Singaporean Kantangs.

You will thus spawn, and after years of spawning, Venezuela would no longer be a place full of blonde beauty queens - but instead will be half filled with wannabe-Singaporean-Venezuelans.

It will be no longer a dream country, and it is YOU who ruined it.



Comparison to other "superior" countries


Says the enraged kantang:


"Singapore sucks! Look at how developed Japan is! Why can't we have cutesy lunchboxes too? Why can't our food be as nice as Hongkong's? Why does France have such cheap wine?"


SHUT THE FUCK UP LAH. SLAP YOU. Singapore is pretty fine as it is. Very torturous to stay here is it? Is it really that bad?

The worst argument I have heard is this:

"Singapore nannies its citizens. For example, in Holland, people are allowed to smoke cannabis freely. Why can't Singapore do the same? Let its people choose! That's what democracy is about!"

I forgot who I argued this with, but I would like to say this now - slowly and clearly. The reason why cannabis, or any other drug, is not allowed in Singapore and majority of other countries is because there are STUPID AND IMMATURE PEOPLE AROUND.

By stupid I mean stupid - people who indulge in artificial highs just because it makes them feel physically good, and abandoning all the downside risks (doesn't it OCCUR to them that artificial highs can't be anything good?????) .

These are also the same people persist on ejaculating into their unwedded sex partners (or allow it for that matter) because it "feels good" and ignoring the fact that babies could form. WHO CARES ABOUT BABIES! I WANT TO SHOOT INSIDE COZ IT FEELS SO GOOD! These are also the same stupid people who keep ejaculating into their sex partners even after getting abortions, five times.

By immature, I mean young people who are not capable of making correct and logical decisions for themselves, thus falling back on the same theory - anything that makes your body feel good should be good.

Because there are these two types of people around, the Government need to restrict the distribution of drugs.

Logically speaking, if Marijuana is allowed in SG, then we can also predict that these stupid people would keep going to Zouk to swallow pill after pill (why, marijuana cannot be in pills meh?), because it "feels good".

They will eventually die, or became retarded, because they are incapable of restraining themselves.

Logically speaking, these stupid people are of no loss to Singapore, but imagine who will pack our burgers? Would it be the bangalas? Zouk will also not like corpses to be lying around in their premises after every mambo night.

Thus, the Government, being kind and caring for its citizens, decides that it is for the best that no one uses these harmful drugs to create artificial highs, unfortunately also including the responsible people who might think a small dose of cannabis a month is tolerable.

Otherwise, how's the Government going to sieve the sensible people from the non-sensible people to sell drugs to?

If you were a sensible person with a stupid drug-loving younger brother who cant restrain himself, would you wish for the law to be such that anyone can smoke cannabis? But then again, maybe.

Speaking of artificial highs, I find it disgusting to get "high" (I hate that word, it's so gross) in public. To me, it's like masturbating in public with a stupid cum-face. No one wants to look at your cum-face. Just wrong.

The person I argued with said that cannabis is less harmful than smoking, and in Holland a meagre amount of people (four or so) have died after the ban on said drug was lifted. (I take it the four people that could otherwise have been living still are of no importance.)

Good for Holland, I say. They practice self-control. Not Singaporeans - look at the way we go on the MRT. Also, this fellow's argument is now on the types of drugs the Government shld allow, and not about the crux of our discussion anymore. And just because an experiment on free-rein cannabis went well, it doesn't mean we should push our luck and allow heroin, right?

As for the immature people, it is a pretty obvious case. WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR 13 YR OLD KID TO SMOKE CANNABIS?

Possibly not, I reckon, unless u are one of those said stupid people who ejaculate into your partner (not spouse) and your kid smokes heroin with you.

Age limit for drugs? If drugs are available, you think that kids can't get their hands on it?

We have a Government that cares for us, thank you very much and shut up.


Of course, there would be people now demanding that I explain why the Government should allow smoking - also a type of drug, strictly speaking, and harmful too.

I personally think they should ban it (oh no don't you fucking smokers groan, your life was perfectly fine before you smoked, and you would be richer and healthier too), but I can understand why they didn't.

Because the Government does need to give us some free space too. So, of all the drugs, they chose the least harmful one, to allow citizens to use it. Just one.

I had an argument with someone recently. The Texas brand cigarette package now come complete with a 65K colour laser print picture of a cut bleeding brain on it. Or maybe black lungs too.

It is DISGUSTING and ugly.

This friend said that our Government is hypocritical because it wants to earn money by selling the cigarettes, yet wants to pretend like it is very caring and doesn't want its citizens to smoke.

That's really stretched, isn't it? From my point of view, our Government allows 18 yr olds and above to smoke because we are supposed to be adults who can think for ourselves. They do not want to take away from us the liberty to have whatever little pleasure smoking gives, because they do not have enough reasons to - as smoking is not immediately extremely harmful.

However, what they could do, is to dissuade us from smoking.

They can only hope that years and years of education would not be wasted on us, and we would be sensible enough to CHOOSE not to smoke ourselves. Thus the messages on the cigarette boxes. However, if a stupid person decides to ignore the message, the Government can only say they have done their best, and it's the stupid person's choice.

What a long blog entry.

Last point:

Comparison to other "lousier" countries

By this point of time in my blog entry, I believe almost everyone would be disagreed with me, and I am about to blow off what's left of people who agreed with me. It's kinda sad, but it's alright.

These people who are still agreeing with me are possibly the kindly souls who say, "Yeah lor, SG is good what, at least we have food and water here."

And also because I have said that I do not like people who compare SG with other "better" countries, I must not condone comparisons with "lousier" countries ( Africa always kanna ) too.

What's the point of being in a good country if you don't abuse that privilege? Yes I am lucky to be born in Singapore where I can blog my thoughts without drowning like the people in Venice. So? I shall take it for granted! It's not like I would be banished to Elbonia if I don't thank God everyday for putting me here in Singapore.

I hate people who tell me, "Why didn't you finish your food? Why don't you eat your onions? Do you know how fortunate you are? People in Africa pray for onions!"

My reply would be this: "Whether I force myself to eat the onions or throw them sparingly away, the Africans would still be famished. I shall choose the latter."

Totally no connection. Stupid people.

Disagree with what I am saying? You hate Singapore? Go away then. But XX country possibly doesn't want you. Come to think of it, either does Singapore. Go stick your skull into a fast rotating fan then, bye!

Oh yeah of course:




Happy Birthday my dear Singapore!! One more year till you hit the forties! It is YOU who nurtured me into what I am, and you who is providing a firm ground for me and all my loved ones to stand on, and fine weather for us to grow and strive in. I'll stay loyal to you even if Malaysia buys us up.

Your faithful citizen,
Wendy

Updated: Ha! So many angry comments because of the ACS/MGS/freckles thing. I WAS JOKING, and go get yourself a sense of humour. Meanwhile, I said kantangs usually come from English speaking schools (MGS and ACS being EXAMPLES), not that ALL MGS/ACS people are kantangs. Cheers, and Bah.

Comments

Metalfyre said…
What's that thing between your index and middle finger in the 'bah' photo?
EteRnaLD said…
WAIT ONE SINGLE MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everything was going well and cool and agreeable all the way throughout the entire blog, till i read the very last sentence, did my Marigold Low fat high calcium but rich in sugar chocolate milk, exit out of my mouth forcefully to splatter cover my monitor.

MALAYSIA BUY US UP?!!!??!?!?!?!?!

They cant afford it...unless if South pole melts and the tide rises till only the top few floors of WS building remains...
hey! i have freckles, but that doesnt mean im one of those kantang snobs you talked of right. in fact i hate my freckles.

and malaysia will NEVER buy us up!
why?
simple reason, they will never be able to afford us.
even if they sell every single one of their pirated cds...ahahahah
in fact i think if anyones doing the buying, its US.

its plain to see that malaysia exists mainly as singapore's playground.

oops i think i offended alot of malaysians already hehe.
Cherry_Panda said…
What make me most disgust are those Malaysian people who work here and become PR, later become Singapore Citizen but they still complain and complain about singapore. Now they are planning to use their singapore citizenship and "country-hop" to Australia!!!!! Blah!!!!
Audrey said…
Cherry-Panda: Those Malaysian are the smarter ones, though they complain about Singapore, at least they know the value of Singapore.

Not all Malaysians who get citizenship here complain. Take my father-in-law for example, he is so patriotic that he makes sure his sons get up on time to reach camp to serve their NS and never allowed them to take any leave or MC though his sons are sick.

And my cousin, she is a Singapore Fanatic!! and she goes around saying that Malaysians are absolutely the stupiest people on Earth although she is still a Malaysian, cos she hasn'e got her citizenship yet.

Anyway, I just want to say that there are people who truly love Singapore though they are not locals. And this is because of the good image Singaporeans portray.
However, there are some BLACK SHEEPS among us.

So our main aim now is to KILL THE BLACK SHEEPS!!... haha...

By the way, Malaysia can easily buy Singapore over. They have the $$$. AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS OF EARNING FROM SINGAPORE...our water bills should have been enough for them to buy Singapore WITHOUT A FIGHT...

1. Save water so that Malaysia cannot earn ANYMORE!!
2. Even is Malaysia tried to buy us, WE will fight...
And it is a FACT that Malaysia CANNOT win us...
Warr said…
sigh... i tink i am in love... ahhhh... who says it never snows in Singapore.... :p
Jungle Folk said…
what i feel is that diff countries offer ppl diff aspects of life. if s'pore doesnt offer that particular aspect of life that a person is looking for, u can't really fault him if he wishes to migrate somewhere else?

by this i do not mean the examples that u have stated on ur blog like drugs or beautiful women or chewing gum what not. i agree with u that these reasons are immature and even lame.

but rather, reasons like better job prospects, lower cost of living and more relaxed education system in other countries would justify the desire to migrate.
I agree with what the previous poster said. Different countries offer different lives.

Given my own choice I would want to migrate to someplace, live a simple life and forever need not worry about money and the other misc[s]. On the other hand in a city like Singapore,Sydney there are other draws[$$$ for one].

Life in Singapore even though it is not bad, in my opinion it is not that fantastic either. And given the freedom to be mobile, if I can move, why not?
momopeach said…
isn't national day 9th august?

kentangs are only good for one purpose.

deep fried.
Gum said…
Just some info from the CIA Files...

Economy Singapore
Economy - overview:

Singapore, a highly developed and successful free market economy, enjoys a remarkably open and corruption-free environment, stable prices, and a high per capita GDP. The economy depends heavily on exports, particularly in electronics and manufacturing. It was hard hit in 2001-2003 by the global recession and the slump in the technology sector. The government hopes to establish a new growth path that will be less vulnerable to the external business cycle but is unlikely to abandon efforts to establish Singapore as Southeast Asia's financial and high-tech hub. Fiscal stimulus, low interest rates, and global economic recovery should lead to much improved growth in 2004.
GDP:

purchasing power parity - $109.1 billion (2003 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:

0.8% (2003 est.)
GDP - per capita:

purchasing power parity - $23,700 (2003 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:

agriculture: negligible
industry: 30%
services: 70% (2001 est.)

Population below poverty line:

NA% (2002 est.)


Economy Malaysia

Economy - overview:

Malaysia, a middle-income country, transformed itself from 1971 through the late 1990s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy. Growth was almost exclusively driven by exports - particularly of electronics. As a result Malaysia was hard hit by the global economic downturn and the slump in the information technology (IT) sector in 2001 and 2002. GDP in 2001 grew only 0.5% due to an estimated 11% contraction in exports, but a substantial fiscal stimulus package equal to US $1.9 billion mitigated the worst of the recession and the economy rebounded in 2002 with a 4.1% increase. The economy grew 4.9% in 2003, notwithstanding a difficult first half, when external pressures from SARS and the Iraq War led to caution in the business community. Healthy foreign exchange reserves and a relatively small external debt make it unlikely that Malaysia will experience a crisis similar to the one in 1997, but the economy remains vulnerable to a more protracted slowdown in Japan and the US, top export destinations and key sources of foreign investment. The Malaysian ringgit is pegged to the dollar, and the Japanese central bank continues to intervene and prop up the yen against the dollar.
GDP:

purchasing power parity - $207.2 billion (2003 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:

4.9% (2003 est.)
GDP - per capita:

purchasing power parity - $9,000 (2003 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:

agriculture: 8.4%
industry: 45.3%
services: 46.3% (2002 est.)

Population below poverty line:

8% (1998 est.)
cJ said…
haha, my blogger account is still alive!

i love you! this entry is the best one i've read *muak*

i wish those people who elbow their way into MRTs and lifts (before people inside can exit) can migrate too! same for those kids on heelies. and those chao kantangs can just pack up and go, it's not our loss if they leave.
bubblybee said…
This is one of the best posts I've ever read!

...the grass is always greener on the other side. People are greedy... once they have stable and relatively safe environment to live in... they want more welfare for example... people are never contented!

But I only agree with 90% of the contents. what has freckles got to do with kantangs?? I have freckles too. It's in my genes... no choice, ya know. And I'm not a kantang, no way (I think in Chinese). I'm not quite convinced with the reasons provided for migrating elsewhere. I do think that finishing our food is a virtue (but I don't practise it all the time, cos I'm afraid of gaining weight).

Seriously... migrate for what? Over there, you'll be discriminated, and viewed as SECOND CLASS citizens.. is that really desirable?

But loving your country, doesn't mean putting other countries down... and offending, say, Malaysians.

And yes, I'm definitely for banning smoking. But too bad... the govt has to strike a balance somewhere... so they can't ban all the harmful substances. As for taxing cigarettes... taxes are meant for regulating the demand so as to discourage ppl from smoking... of course the govt earns revenue at the same time, or else where do you get all the nice infrastructure (but I admit that some are really unnecessary).

I'm sure that for some countries that allow those drugs... they have a bunch of bochup govt or their govt does not have the means/ desire (i.e. corruption) to enforce it. I'm really glad that our govt truly cares for our welfare.

America loves to advocate "human rights" so much... but the way they are treating China... says exactly the opposite. Why do (some of) the kantangs still blindly hail them?
pinkiee_gurl said…
hey hey ~ i kind 0f disagree 0n that part regarding the kantangs .. cha0 kantangs as menti0ned by 0ne .. but surlely .. they are better den sum cha0 ah lians / ah bengs .. wh0 destr0y the singapore image .. the way they d0minate .. bully ppl .. 0nly victims 0f them kn0w h0w it feels like .. yea .. and there they g0ing ar0und with their singlish .. sc0lding a string 0f chinese and hokkien vulgar languagues .. if i were t0 be a t0urist .. i w0uld be disgusted .. gr0ssed 0ut .. yea .. but with the c0untry thing .. i agree with y0u .. anyb0dy .. if y0u aren't c0ntented .. den fcuk 0ff .. t0 y0ur dream c0untry 0r s0me rubbish dump and r0t there ..
Jaryl said…
I can't speak Chinese to save my life and I'm only sad that I don't know the language to talk to my grandmum. Aside from that, I'd only want to touch the language with a 10-foot pole because frankly, it scares me.

Everyone loves and hates Singapore for different reasons. You don't possibly expect everyone to love Singapore as much as you do right? Everyone would be a Singapore-flag totting yes-man and why would anyone strive to do better when you have no gripes with anything? You don't have progress without problems to overcome.

Frankly, I'd never see myself retiring into Singapore to live off the TV at some old folks' home. And what would you expect to do in your last days in Singapore? Singapore's small and boring. The same could be said of your ambition if you wish never to explore beyond our borders before your dying day.

I'm not dissing Singapore, nor am I dissing Chinese-thinking citizens. I believe in freedom (as well as all the other Moulin Rogue beliefs) and Singapore is simply stifling.

Oh and cursing us kantang people to eternal hell probably won't help one bit because being the minority group (with the population being predominantly Chinese) we're not so much the crux of the dumb Singaporean problem than merely a fraction of it.
silvermyst said…
well, many people have called me kantang. That doesn't mean I don't like Singapore. and yes, I do have some freckles. But that's coz I was born with them! Not all people with freckles are kantang. hahaha. and. I do try to keep up with my mando. it's just not very good thassall.

And those people with fake accents really ought to be slapped. They actually sound so horrid. They sound like NOTHING AT ALL.

and finally, those people who want to migrate. They're in for a rude shock. For every pro is a con. If they want to smoke cannabis in Holland, they better learn to speak Dutch and learn how to do housework 1st.
nic said…
disagreed...if nothing else den the smoking part. the only reason why the communist like goverment here cannot ban smoking is cos singapore's in the wto.

the next politician dat lowers down tobacco prices get my vote...
airhole said…
dear xiaxue,

its Swiss, not Swits... and agreed that Singapore has very stupid ppl... so do other countries... but i still prefer cannabis to be legal. :p
the Queen said…
i like this entry! it makes me feel very patriotic! but the last sentence is unfortunately extremely untrue and horrifying!

MALAYSIA WILL NOT BUY US UP!
WE ARE TOO FREAKING VALUABLE FOR ANYBODY TO EVEN TRY!!!

and besides i am absolutely anti-malaysia all thanks to their former PM thank you very much.

they copy our P plate stuff,their JOHOR TV SETS are mostly tuned to SINGAPOREAN CHANNELS. they keep making fun of NEwater(though i think the rest of the world does so too),threaten to cut water supply,keep talking about how freaking arrogant we are(when we have the RIGHT to be)...gosh there's so many things i can write here about how much i detest malaysia. but who cares and who wants to knw.
Dickson said…
Goodness!!~ This is IT!~ People just don't know to appreciate what the Govt has done for us... If they din control as much, will SG be as rich as now?

I am going to show this to my Kantang classmates... They would enjoy themselves reading it... HAHA!~ Deep Fry Kantangs!~
popglamour said…
The best post i've read so far, the kind that really makes me wanna go 'bravo'! i agree with you on almost all your terms, though i must say that perhaps it's true that some people can feel stifled here when they have so much more they want to achieve.

but anyway take australia for e.g, the place where many people want to migrate to because oh housing and cars are cheaper. well guess what, like someone mentioned, we ARE going to be second class citizens! like so many western countries you are never going to fit in or be one of them, despite their hypocritical everyone-is-equal 'belief'. they are just tolerating, my dears. spore doesn't suck, she just needs to grow. so if u merely want to leave then leave. we are so fortunate to have everything, and a variety from all round the world at that. i should know, i'm studying in melbourne now and i appreciate what i have back home.

the govt has to nanny us because precisely because we need the nannying; we complain over things like measly transport fees and can't give constructive comments when we question the govt. still, i disagree that it's only 'kantangs' who are the problem makers; there are others who form an uncultured lot who make a hell lot of useless noise and give sporeans a bad name. bah!
Anonymous said…
YOU ROCK!
tube said…
lol i tot "kantang" was actually for people who prefer converse in english (i was called on in sec school cux everyone else were speaking chinese)

well tell me about it, these people who bitch all about singapore and stuff. I used to hang out with this girl, whom i tot was pretty cute, but..sheesh, halfway through she can like, "look at all these singaporeans!" loudly, when we were in public.

I tolerated with it. And then I shared some opinions, even if u are disgusted by some typical singaporean behavior, u keep quiet, as you are one yourself. And it's not everyone who's like that. And this kinda behavior happens in other countries too.

She never listened.

I never dated her since.

I had my fair share of SG-haters. Sigh. I seriously wish they would just fly off and never come back.
Mr_BuRns said…
Dear Xiaxue,

this post really shows how much u love our country, hmm afraid i cant say the same though. It would be too sweeping to say that one loves everything abt one's country and thats where many(?) pple including me fall into. the banning of drugs /underaged smoking, etc etc is really just a black & white area where one can tell at a glance whether its right or wrong (screw those "freedom" fuckers! freedom of choice comes at a price! can u take it?!) its would have be the more grey areas like freedom of political speech, policies on elitism, etc etc.. tt pple will resent the government and in short,country, for. some pple are just the "Love the Country, Hate the Government" sort...hmmm i welcome comments....

i also hate the potatoes but not all potatoes are sg-bashing...my fellow specialist cant speak chinese for shit but hes the 1st to go if ever war comes...

BTW, Africa is not a country but a continent =)

Regards
Mr BuRns
tre said…
Minus the minority immature bunch. So called kantangs are much better than cheena and act japs. Arr...5566..energy!!! Wtf?
froZenZombie said…
FYI for all
Taken from www.rsf.org
Reporters without borders
Singapore annual report
Singapore was ranked at 144. Lower than Iraq.

N� Country Note
1 Finland 0,50
- Iceland 0,50
- Netherlands 0,50
- Norway 0,50
5 Denmark 1,00
- Trinidad and Tobago 1,00
7 Belgium 1,17
8 Germany 1,33
9 Sweden 1,50
10 Canada 1,83
11 Latvia 2,25
12 Czech Republic 2,50
- Estonia 2,50
- Slovakia 2,50
- Switzerland 2,50
16 Austria 2,75
17 Ireland 2,83
- Lithuania 2,83
- New Zealand 2,83
20 Slovenia 3,00
21 Hungary 3,33
- Jamaica 3,33
- South Africa 3,33
24 Costa Rica 3,83
25 Uruguay 4,00
26 France 4,17
27 United Kingdom 4,25
28 Portugal 5,17
29 Benin 5,25
30 Timor-Leste 5,50
31 Greece 6,00
- United States of America (American territory) 6,00
33 Poland 6,17
34 Albania 6,50
- Bulgaria 6,50
- Nicaragua 6,50
37 Bosnia and Herzegovina 6,83
- Chile 6,83
- El Salvador 6,83
40 Paraguay 7,17
41 Mauritius 7,25
42 Ecuador 7,67
- Spain 7,67
44 Israel (Israeli territory) 8,00
- Japan 8,00
46 Madagascar 8,17
47 Cape Verde 8,25
48 Ghana 8,75
49 South Korea 9,17
50 Australia 9,25
51 Bolivia 9,67
- Macedonia 9,67
53 Italy 9,75
- Panama 9,75
55 Peru 10,25
56 Hong-Kong 11,00
- Mali 11,00
- Namibia 11,00
59 Fiji 11,50
- Romania 11,50
61 Ta�wan 12,00
62 Botswana 13,00
63 Congo 14,00
- Mozambique 14,00
65 Honduras 14,17
66 Senegal 14,50
67 Argentina 15,17
68 Niger 15,75
69 Croatia 16,50
- Tanzania 16,50
71 Brazil 16,75
72 Dominican Republic 17,00
73 Georgia 17,33
74 Mexico 17,67
75 Lesotho 17,75
76 Burkina Faso 18,00
77 Gambia 18,25
- Mongolia 18,25
79 Comoros 18,50
- Kenya 18,50
81 Cambodia 19,50
82 Thailand 19,67
83 Cyprus 20,83
84 Malawi 21,00
85 Serbia and Montenegro 21,33
86 Zambia 23,25
87 Sierra Leone 23,50
88 Chad 24,00
89 Sri Lanka 24,83
90 Armenia 25,17
91 Uganda 25,75
92 Burundi 26,25
93 Seychelles 26,75
94 Moldova 27,00
95 Togo 27,50
96 Venezuela 27,83
97 Angola 28,00
98 Cameroon 30,50
99 Guatemala 30,83
100 Haiti 31,00
101 Gabon 31,25
102 Kuwait 31,33
103 Nigeria 31,50
104 Kyrgyzstan 32,00
- Malaysia 32,00
106 Lebanon 32,50
107 Central African Republic 32,75
108 Algeria 33,00
109 Guinea 33,17
110 Egypt 34,25
- Indonesia 34,25
- Rwanda 34,25
113 Azerbaijan 34,50
- Tajikistan 34,50
115 Qatar 35,00
- Turkey 35,00
117 Bahrain 35,17
118 Guinea-Bissau 35,25
- Philippines 35,25
120 Djibouti 35,50
121 Mauritania 36,67
122 United Arab Emirates 37,00
- Jordan 37,00
124 Ethiopia 37,50
- Iraq 37,50
- Swaziland 37,50
127 Democratic Republic of Congo 38,50
128 India 39,00
- Pakistan 39,00
130 Palestinian Authority 39,25
131 Morocco 39,67
132 Liberia 40,00
- Ukraine 40,00
134 Afghanistan 40,17
135 United States of America (in Iraq) 41,00
136 Yemen 41,83
137 C�te d'Ivoire 42,17
138 Kazakhstan 42,50
139 Equatorial Guinea 44,75
140 Somalia 45,00
141 Zimbabwe 45,50
142 Sudan 45,75
143 Bangladesh 46,50
144 Singapore 47,33

Singapore - 2004 Annual Report

The government's policy of far-reaching control of the news media did not change. The two big press groups, Singapore Press Holdings and Mediacorp, were still controlled by the ruling party's allies. There are no independent media. But Singaporeans have plenty of access to foreign media.

The authorities were urged to liberalise censorship of the news media, the arts and public meetings on 24 June 2003 by the committee that was set up by the government in April 2002 to review the existing censorship laws. The panel of experts said a new balance needed to be found between public order requirements and the Singaporean people's creativity. The government had still not acted on the recommendations at the end of the year.
Today, one of the three English-language dailies, ran a column in October by Australian journalist Michael Backman that was scathing about Singapore's system of censorship. He criticised the information minister's meddling in editorial content, the system of publication licences and the regime's paranoia.
The government's reaction was acrimonious. In a response published five days later, the information ministry insisted that the media system was suited to Singapore's circumstances. At the start of November, information minister Lee Bon Yang told the Press Club that foreign journalists should stay out of Singapore's politics. He said Backman had knowingly crossed the line and meddled in internal politics. He also insisted that the government was not going to liberalise the censorship system just to please an excited minority and that censorship was needed to protect society from violence and a decline in morals.
The censorship department in 2003 nonetheless authorised the sale of the international magazine Cosmopolitan and the screening of the American TV series "Sex and the City." On the other hand, a commercial radio station was fined more than 8,000 euros in September for broadcasting a recording of a female orgasm, which the censors considered "obscene."
An adviser to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew reprimanded Today editor Mano Sabnani in November for allowing a report to be published about a trip by Lee's wife to London for medical reasons. The young journalist who wrote the story, Val Chua, reportedly had her press card suspended.
The country's two press groups, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Mediacorp, are led by supporters of the People's Action Party, which has been in power for nearly 40 years. They keep strict control of the editorial line of their TV and radio stations and newspapers. SPH, the dominant group, is headed by Tjong Yik Min, who was one of the directors of the security services in the 1980s. Chua Lee Hoon, the star columnist of the daily The Straits Times, admits to also acting as an "expert" for the political police. The Straits Times bills itself as "one of the world's most respected newspapers" and it does indeed have a reputation for its Asia coverage. But it practices systematic self-censorship in its domestic reporting. Its competitors are Today and Streats, which dare more often to publish independent commentaries on the domestic situation. Nonetheless, the only real freedom is to be found on a small number of Internet sites operated by government opponents or by some of the few independent journalists. But they risk very heavy fines for defamation while the internal security law allows the authorities to imprison people without judicial approval.
The media are also at the service of the state. In the middle of the Sars epidemic in May, for example, the two main press groups got together to launch a TV channel entirely given over to "informing and educating Singaporeans about the different aspects of Sars." The programmes, which went out by cable, were terminated when the epidemic had been contained. The state tends in general to be interventionist. The information minister announced in June that Singapore wanted to become a "global media city." To this end, the state Media Development Authority plans to invest nearly 100 million euros in the media sector over the next five years. In return, the government expects media professionals to step up their efforts to increase the sector's share of Singapore's GDP. But when a foreign specialist called for a radical liberalisation of censorship and media control policies, the minister bristled. He finally conceded that some regulations might have to be revised in order not to hold back economic growth.
quarzimodo said…
wow... reading your blog, there's no need to see any more chinese dramas. so exciting.. you really can make ppl emotional don't ya ? ;)

i've got a suggestion~ on the 9th, paint a crest on your face and color your blog red! & white! :D
dot said…
I don't think your education did you any good. Go join the army or something if you're such a patriot. Detesting people just because they're from AC/MG? I've met primary school kids who are more mature than you are.
Cassan said…
i agree with jaryl..

btw, WHAT"S WRONG wITH ACs AND MGS PEOPLE?? not that i belong there, but i just don't see the connection.. u shldnt stereotype..
Ms Gia Gia said…
I love Singapore.

Those fake accents are really irritating, esp those who rap and speak at the same time? Know a few of those, you will wanna kick their ass!

It's just DUH!!

Oh, I have freckles also, hace it since young, so now the auntie promoters in watson always say this to me: xiao mei, lai mai xin de mei bai chan pin~
Zen|th said…
People with fake accents should just slapped and given a kick in the ass. LoL~
MeQwerty said…
Hmm.. one thing about cannabis though.

Its is really less harmful chemically for the body than cigarettes. Its comes from the leaves of the cannabis plant, and is entirely natural. All they do is dry the leaves, crush it and smoke it.

Unlike cigarettes that contains numerous artificial additives like nicotine.

Cannabis is a psychological drug, as it mainly alters the state of mind, rather than the body. If there was a choice to ban cannabis or cigarettes, i'd choose cigarettes. There's no physical addiction from cannabis, as far as i understand (but i may be wrong)

:o)
Lewis said…
It would be interesting to see what it is that people do like about Singapore. There are quite a few of these that people not living in Singapore do envy (and miss), e.g. safe streets at night. Some of us - myself included - have had no choice but to make a weighed decision between pursuing what it is that we really want out of a limited lifespan (in my case, its a career in cognitive research and my music) and that very much beloved plate of char kway teow. The problem is that minority groups do have a tendency to be shouted down in a society like Singapore that prizes conformity; a trait that has for a long time, guaranteed it economic success and political stability. Unfortunately, Singapore is hard-pressed to make itself welcoming to a homosexual mono-cycling professional clown (although personally, i can't fathom the merits of monocycling either). Ok though, if you just want to have your plate of kway teow and get on with business as usual. Just thought I mention this because not everyone who's had to leave the country left for marijuana and free loving. Those who did might find that they've missed the boat, by a good 40 years.
bubblybee said…
hello froZenZombie

It's good to have a some freedom of speech etc. But I do not view what you posted to be disadvantageous. Censorship is of course needed, be it concerning violence and other bad influences, or political views.

The former is for the sake of imparting the correct values to the younger generation (the govt is concerned with our welfare), reduction of crime rates. As for the latter, it is needed to prevent chaos, when people go on strike/riots. When this happens there would be a disruption in businesses, and we, with very limited resources, cannot afford to let this happen.

"Liberalisation" is not suited for every country. It must be appropriate for the context. Whether it is desirable is contingent on the situation in the relevant country.

By the way, I got the impression that American women, in general, are liberal, loose, and cheap sluts. I might be wrong. Their dress sense is totally unacceptable over here. They are too bold and daring. This is just an example to bring across the point that feeding a person with a sprained ankle, fever medicine, will NEVER work.
Sangeeta said…
there are a number of things i would like to comment on, purely out of interest in seeing your rather botched entry.

by all means do take pride and pleasure at seeing how much your country has achieved. i do not believe however, that it is right for you to emphasise with rather weak examples that a person who does not choose to do so, should be as i quote 'cursed into eternal hell'.

(1) for someone who takes such immense pleasure in repeating the now very annoying phrase, 'kantang'(eat potato), i am from far from actually understanding the significance of this. If what you are referring to is the fact that you despise all anglophiles, well, aren't you a FINE one to say that? what with the FIRST thing i see as i enter this blog, is yourself carefully preened in western attire and dyed hair? what gives you the authority to condem for instance,

i) people from schools like MGS and ACS--> their fluent usage of the English language is more than commendable

ii) freckles--> ??!??!?!?!


(2)how is it even possible, i ask, to attribute the desire within people to leave the country to purely trivial things like 'oh, why aren't we allowed to chew gum?' or 'why aren't we allowed to do drugs like holland, man?'

this has been the subject of ferocious debate possibly from our date of independence. racism. no one has the right to say that racism does NOT exist within the country, because it does, and if anything it is far from abating. I agree that even our Western counterparts do have a large number of racists amongst their population.

But is it right i ask, is it right to firstly

(1) proclaim to the world that our country practises meritocracy?

it is a well known fact that tertiary institutes like the National University of Singapore do have quota systems for courses like Law and Medicine. WHY and HOW is this possible? isn't education OUR right, especially since we EMPHASISE on this so? countries like Malaysia and India for instance, DO give preferences to certain courses, based on religion in the former and lower castes in the latter.
so you tell me. if you spend say, 19 or 20 years of your existence working hard to enter into a course like Law, and you get rejected, purely because, of statements like,'oh, we take in a certain percentage of Indians, Malays and Chinese, based on their ratios in this country', is this deemed fair for a country, as i emphasise repeatedly practises MERITOCRACY, '..regardless of race, language or religion....based on justice and equality'?


(2) i'm sure you must have seen the word 'bilingual' in a huge percentage of job ads. i for one, speak three languages. but if i had to apply to these jobs, the first question i would be asked is whether i speak 'mandarin'. which i do not. i do guarantee that since a number of positions do require one-on-one links with countries like China and Taiwan, it is an essential language to have. however, where are the rest of us placed? if we do not speak Mandarin, is this the end of us non-Chinese where jobs are concerned? Doesn't a fluent background in the international language: ENGLISH account for anything, keeping in mind that our largest exporter of a number of materials is none other than the States? That our legislation is largely followed in accordance to English law?

In response to rising concerns that being Bilingual, i.e: mandarin and english limits the number of jobs available for the rest of the population, a Singaporean minister remarked something along the lines of, 'there are cracks in every system. sometimes, you may fall through them'.

Tell me XiaXue, would such 'OPTIMISM' make a number of us even want to stay?

What has happened to any legisation based on discrimination in terms of race? Singapore has not signed the International Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Dicscimination (Cerd), apparently because
"It's a low priority. Singapore does not have a strong rights culture," said constitutional lawyer Thio Li-ann. "The Government does not like formal legal structures when it comes to such things".

Is there any hidden agenda, i ask.

(3) For the more liberal persons, marriage may not be an option. Domestic partnership is in many ways seen to be reasonably hassle free. While the government's efforts to promote marriage and family is applaud worthy, the recognition given to co-habiting couples is absurd. Five room flats cannot be purchased with HDB if couples are not married. If a loving co-habiting couple have children, they are not entitled to cash redemptions, which are available to the MARRIED couple. reasonable choices of individual citizens are not celebrated.

On the surface Singapore may seem like the choice country to live in,
but when explored in depth, one can be enlightened, as to the ugly side of it.
bubblybee said…
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bubblybee said…
Sangeeta...

Education is our right. Yes, but only partly. Do not forget that the govt subsidizes about half our University school fees. Particularly, for the medicine school, which amounts to a lot. Be thankful, that S'pore is not like Malaysia Unis, which take in lousy students, just because they are of a certain race. Our govt has the responsibility to ensure that structural unemployment is minimised when they graduate.

It is ridiculous that you're promoting co-habiting. Most people in our society would not condone this. But for some of the open-minded youths over here, they think that they will benefit in terms of understanding each other, and eventually marry someone who's compatible with them, so as to minimise conflicts. But according to Fei Yue, it is commitment that ensures a couple stay together. Why? Because a person's personality changes over time. Therefore, even if they started out as compatible, it may not be so a few years down the road. It is commitment that will help them to accomodate each other in the end. If co-habiting is given the so-called recognition, the significance of marriage will be eroded. By the way, a co-habiting couple with a child will enjoy the privileges once they get married. Even AFTER the child is born. I really see no valid reason for not being married, when the couple already have a child. I'm sure no women would want to end up like Federline's ex-gf. Breaking up with her after he falls in love with Britney Spears. It boils down to a sense of security.

Times have changed... our future lies with good trading ties with China. You can't blame potential employers for having such a good foresight... they have a business to run, possibly bank loans to be repaid, and get some returns in the process. It is only natural that they will choose employees that are suitable to their needs.
Sangeeta said…
bubbly bee, i would like to clarify my stand on a number of points.

(1)'Do not forget that the govt subsidizes about half our University school fees'.

--> this may be true, but are you forgetting that a number of other countries also subsidise fees for tertiary education, for instance the UK? (free education + books are provided until the age of 16, along with free dental and medical care for students until aged 19)

Malaysia has always proclaimed that it does place religion as a very important part in tertiary admission. But Singapore has NOT mentioned OPENLY at least that there are racial quotas.


my point however isnt about the fact that Singapore subsidises fees. It is the fact that PURE INTELLIGENCE isn't a factor taken into consideration when applying to universities, i.e. on merit.

If 100 Malay students scored a whopping 99.5% on some entrance exam or the other, as compared to 100 Chinese students who scored, say 99% in the same exam, are you telling me that the Chinese students should be allowed to get in, just because their ratio in this country is considerably higher than the other races?
This is NOT FAIR. in the context singapore proudly proclaims to be part of.

(2)i had mentioned in my previous comment that singapore's attempts at promoting marriage and family is applaud worthy. you have obviously taken my words out of context by saying that i am 'PROMOTING co-habiting'.

in a democratic country, where individual citizens are given the choice on what they deem is best for THEIR lives, who are you to proclaim, that cohabiting is WRONG?
marriage is NOT a passport to security contrary to you have emphasised upon. divorce rates have been spiralling, with 44 divorces every 1000 marriages, in the 24-29 age bracket. married spouses cheat. they are, like any other couple, COMPLETELY capable of doing so. tolerance in marriages has significantly reduced generation after generation.

my argument (which i believe you do not quite comprehend) is this: the falling birth rates have been of particular concern, with only 40,000 babies or so being born yearly (im not sure of the exact figure, but it is most certainly somewhere along those lines). the govt has ensured that couples with children are entitled to certain rebates, so what difference does it make if the couple is married or not? aren't there couples in Singapore who are not interested in marriage?
people do get married for the wrong reasons. that is something you cannot deny.

(3)'Times have changed... our future lies with good trading ties with China. You can't blame potential employers for having such a good foresight... '

it is absolutely smashing that you have acknowledged this fact. why then, may i ask, since you so applaud the racial quota system where education is concerned, that this isn't applied where JOBS are concerned?

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i am not hiding the fact that there is plenty in singapore to be proud of. the safety levels are almost impeccable, the efficency outstanding. however, there are faults made by the people of singapore. faults that even the greatest lover of singapore must acknowledge.
then don't crucify people who choose to reside in a country they feel caters to their needs.
Sangeeta said…
here's something you should read bubbly bee.


http://www.singstat.gov.sg/press/media/st24062004.pdf
bubblybee said…
Sangeeta...

Maybe you can enlighten me on the connection between the Statistics Department article, and my opinions. What has that got to do with co-habiting? The examples provided are mainly couples with grwon up children... by then, what has privileges got to do with them? In my opinion, it is the erosion of the significance of marriage that led to the increase in divorce rates. As for the "security" point... you can't deny that it is marriage that prompted them to share the burden of bringing up a child. "Security" can be in monetary terms and support. If a couple isn't married, both will feel less responsible, and guilty when they break up. If they are married, they will definitely think twice about divorce. Of course, marriage doesn't guarantee security, but it definitely helps to increase the awareness of each party's role.

I thought you were referring to the admission quotas. And I am not aware that there are racial quotas, are there? Is it based on your inference over some statistics? Or is there direct evidence? Maybe you can show me some proof. Don't end up being sued for slander, ya?
Wilson said…
Sangeeta,
Human resource is one of the biggest resources in Singapore, and the Government would be considered incompetent if it does not recognise this and use education to its advantage. One way of doing this is to control the number of doctors/lawyers/engineers in the workforce, according to the projected future economy, by setting quotas for intake sizes of each faculty. This is careful, stringent management of resources that has made Singapore what it is today. There is absolutely no fault with that. Yes if you have worked so hard for 20 yrs and there is no space in your faculty of choice then too bad, its only because there are many people who have worked harder than you and are more deserving of the place one way or another. As for racial quotas, its practically unheard of. Malaysia yes, Singapore no.
Sangeeta said…
i think bubbly bee that you've got me wrong. my statement with regards to admissions criteria, is not a statement to poke fingers at anybody. It is merely an indication that there are certain anomalies in some announced statements. when we in the 21st century are trying to grow up and be more transparent, we should be 100% truthful from every angle. what i am saying is, when we profess that we are purely meritocratic in three areas: admission, selection and placement, it is important to follow up on all the three areas, and not only in one or two. there are indications that in the initial admissions criteria pure meritocracy is not only the factor. there comes an element of proportional respresentation, and that is not 100% in line with the word meritocracy.

i am not saying that this is wrong for whatever reasons that may be justifiable, but let us be honest about it.
Mr_BuRns said…
hmmm these comments dun seem to be getting anywhere leh...
Winnie said…
i agree with Sangeeta on many many points. I have a sneaky, half-formed idea that she must have been on some debate team in school.

But then, I think that it's not avoidable that some employers would only take on those who are bilingual on the condition that they can speak Mandrin. It's after all, the employers' right to hire whom they please. They're the ones who have to pay their employees.
But then, I'm not saying that the government should not do anything to help those who do not speak Mandrin.

But the same time, what can actually be done? Employers choose candidates who can speak Mandrin for reasons. Besides the very obvious China reason, the fact that many Singaporean customers can only speak fluently in Mandrin plays a role too.

And as for university admissions, I had always had the impression that it's the Chinese who lose out as there are too many of them with very high marks for their racial quota.
And your comment "If 100 Malay students scored a whopping 99.5% on some entrance exam or the other, as compared to 100 Chinese students who scored, say 99% in the same exam, are you telling me that the Chinese students should be allowed to get in, just because their ratio in this country is considerably higher than the other races?" seems to imply that it's easier for the Chinese to enter?
I don't know. Maybe you're right.
Anyway, there are racial quotas in the US as well. I think it's called Corrective Something(Mechanism??). I can't remember really, but it allows students from more 'disadvantaged' races, like the native Americans, to qualify more easily, to in some way, 'make up' for the past disadvantages their ancestors had suffered.
It's very controversial, but it shows that this variation of discrimmination also exists in the US, which does not publicly say that it's not 100%meritocratic (or in their case, democratic) in everything that they do.

And erm, to XiaXue. Well. I think I would qualify as a 'kentang' based on your criteria thing.
1. "Speaking with a stupid American/any other "superior English" accent"
I seem to speak with a semi-British, semi-monotone voice, which really sticks out (sticks out, I say, not stand out-->it doesn't make me look all that cool) in my school, which is a SAP school, which means that everyone, including me, takes Higher Chinese.
I DON'T speak that way on purpose, it's, I think, a result of watching Friends (though they're American) and not watching any Ch8, (honestly because I think the Ch8 shows are rather formulaic. All about family and marriage and studying. I get enough of that in my own home).
Anyhow, I don't speak this way to look in any way "superior". Most of the time I don't notice it until someone tells me so. So it's not on -purpose-.

2. "Coming from English-speaking girl and boy schools like ACS or MGS"
I come from friggin' Dunman High. The most Chinese school ever.

3.
Winnie said…
i agree with Sangeeta on many many points. I have a sneaky, half-formed idea that she must have been on some debate team in school.

But then, I think that it's not avoidable that some employers would only take on those who are bilingual on the condition that they can speak Mandrin. It's after all, the employers' right to hire whom they please. They're the ones who have to pay their employees.
But then, I'm not saying that the government should not do anything to help those who do not speak Mandrin.

But the same time, what can actually be done? Employers choose candidates who can speak Mandrin for reasons. Besides the very obvious China reason, the fact that many Singaporean customers can only speak fluently in Mandrin plays a role too.

And as for university admissions, I had always had the impression that it's the Chinese who lose out as there are too many of them with very high marks for their racial quota.
And your comment "If 100 Malay students scored a whopping 99.5% on some entrance exam or the other, as compared to 100 Chinese students who scored, say 99% in the same exam, are you telling me that the Chinese students should be allowed to get in, just because their ratio in this country is considerably higher than the other races?" seems to imply that it's easier for the Chinese to enter?
I don't know. Maybe you're right.
Anyway, there are racial quotas in the US as well. I think it's called Corrective Something(Mechanism??). I can't remember really, but it allows students from more 'disadvantaged' races, like the native Americans, to qualify more easily, to in some way, 'make up' for the past disadvantages their ancestors had suffered.
It's very controversial, but it shows that this variation of discrimmination also exists in the US, which does not publicly say that it's not 100%meritocratic (or in their case, democratic) in everything that they do.

And erm, to XiaXue. Well. I think I would qualify as a 'kentang' based on your criteria thing.
1. "Speaking with a stupid American/any other "superior English" accent"
I seem to speak with a semi-British, semi-monotone voice, which really sticks out (sticks out, I say, not stand out-->it doesn't make me look all that cool) in my school, which is a SAP school, which means that everyone, including me, takes Higher Chinese.
I DON'T speak that way on purpose, it's, I think, a result of watching Friends (though they're American) and not watching any Ch8, (honestly because I think the Ch8 shows are rather formulaic. All about family and marriage and studying. I get enough of that in my own home).
Anyhow, I don't speak this way to look in any way "superior". Most of the time I don't notice it until someone tells me so. So it's not on -purpose-.

2. "Coming from English-speaking girl and boy schools like ACS or MGS"
I come from friggin' Dunman High. The most Chinese school ever.

3. Constantly whining about a lack of freedom and space in SG
I don't. I actually love some aspects of Singapore. Like the Singlish. And the food. And the schools.
Though it's really true that some Singaporeans (not all) tend to be rather timid, afraid of seeming different. So I guess that kind of limits other people, who would see that as a lack of freedom and space.

4. Saying Singapore sucks and they would fly away at their youngest age possible
Sg does not suck. But I want to experience as much of the world as I can.
Can?

5. Have freckles
I have 4 freckles!! Bwahahaha.

AND...
"I wish I were born in XXX country/ I want to migrate to XXX country."

I'm glad I was born here. Really. Though every country has its flaws, and so does Sg.
V|nc3nT- said…
I'd have to agree with winnie and sangeeta on this one... Xiaxue you've definately outdone in making a fool out of ureself as a result of ure lack of depth post.... drugs? chewing gum? oh my.... get real, these on-the-surface ideals are just a tip of the iceburg. Singapore has more flaws than you think.... then again you cant really blame the government, they r really trying their best...... yet not all of their policies are to our best interests, but for the interest of the country.... covered by the CIA files... singapore is definately vulnerable to all aspects, more importantly imports and exports. To achieve a balance, Singapore HAS to control its human resource. Directing its population is one way to go. But yet i cant totally agree with sangeeta over the racial quotas in the universities..... are there even such a thing in singapore? Yes of course for HDB local housings, they set a quota to limit a number of particular races overcrowding in one estate, but for universities? i don't think so....

Education is one hell of an important factor... the education system here in singapore is definately flawed considering the number of people who cant even speak proper english and hence the minorities are crucified by xiaxue as "fake accents" again... get real just because the rest of the population chooses to indulge in broken english doesnt give u the right to blame the others who choose not to. Yes, Singlish is OUR FLAVOUR yet too much of something is still bad. Think of what foreigners might think of our crude english when they come over.... I'm not saying that we should be ashamed but if we want to stand tall in the eyes of others shouldn't we at least potray some proper dignity? How is it gonna sound with a business man who goes ".... Hey MR. NICK!! nice meet you ah~ You come australia so far away musy b tire liaoz. Come in we drink kopi lah~" Culture shock wouldn't be significant enough to use in this case. Its the same with China, if we want to have proper business deals, we have to speak fluent chinese and not some dialet mumbo jumbo.

Again, the education system in singapore is enough for a reason to drive people away from singapore. I'm sure most of you have watched the movie "i not stupid", the pressures that a young kid faces even in primary school...let alone in JCs or Universities. Our society demands too much from people, the case of "no money no talk" in the end what everyone stives for is more money, material needs surpass that of a proper family. As a result of the presurised upbringing, people grow up to hectic lifestyles where everyday is another day where u compare whos Rolex watch is fake and whos isnt.

Furthermore, the job market in Singapore is also pethetic, with dozens of uni grads unemployed, whos to say that an education gurantees your success in life anymore? And to make things worse, the government is now being contradicting on its polices... for instance, our singapore governemt supports entrepreneurship, yet these days many companies close down due to bankrupcy...y? Has anyone even noticed that the government is now slowly taking over all money making businesses? Take your friendly neighbourhood NTUC for instance, its been so successful its starting to make vendors in wet markets wet their jocks. Love 7-11? guess what? its gonna be overruned by cheers soon enough. They have all the good spots like mrt stations, shopping complexes etc. Oh so you love food? y not enjoy them at a local food court? air-con and all. Nice to know that the government is also starting to run their own food courts.... ooooo major bummer for coffee shop owners and hawkers. Lastly... tonnes of construction companies are closing down..y? Make a guess....

But i MUST really commend on the amount of security that singapore has, i mean other than a few bozos who go around robbing old grannies, singapore is relatively safe, even at night. And its all thanks to our government for keeping things tight. Censorship wise, i think the gov HAS started to let go abit considering the new movie ratings and the programs on SCV like as stated "sex and the city" (btw it rox not because of the sex but the way they actually narrate the darn thing).

So... Singapore has its own pros and cons, yet it should only be considered as a "Free Enough Country" not totally free, we are still growing... give the gov time to sort out their wrongs... let them learn from mistakes... to try to please everyone in the end u please none.

So Xiaxue, get your facts right before you start blamming people for leaving the country just because they got caught at the causeway for trying to smuggle in chewing gum. We are in the 21st century a so-called free world... so if we are so free y do people still comment on us having to migrate? isint it our own business our own rights?
Anonymous said…
hi. i believed you had good intention to write what you feel about the people who complain, but i guess you kind of put it in a bad way? apparently, what does freckles got to do with anything?

if we have a minister who talks with an accent, are you going to condemn him/her?do know that our english programmes are mostly not local. even our newcasters talk with an accent. so its natural that we somehow learn how to talk in that manner.

anyway, constanting whinning of how boring and small singapore is, doesn't really matter right? cause they are still in singapore. and if you can whine/grumble but still have to come to terms with it, i don't see why they cannot whine/grumble about it as well?

no one can make everyone happy, there are bound to be people unhappy.

even my non GAN TANG (sounds more like than kan tang?) friends are complaining about life in singapore. so how? why not talk about them, rather than arrowing a certain target. if i'm not wrong, more people are speaking english. so yeah, how? are you going to blame the government cause they did start they speak english movement.

anyway for a dedicated singaporean who lives in a multiracial surrounding, haven't you noticed that you are encouraging prejudice through your comment box?

thanks for making more singaporeans ugly.
Zeitie said…
Don't be so pathetically childish. Please. So people complain about Singapore. So what? People have the right to say what they want. Just becuz they don't have the same opinions as you doesn't mean you can cuss them to hell like that. Its downright petty.

Every country has its good points, as well as its problems. No country is perfect. Some people want to migrate because they value freedom more than a stable life. What is important to them is not just a good secure life served on a platter for you in Singapore, but just the freedom to *choose*. Some foreigners prefer to come to singapore for precisely the opposite reasons, to have a stable safe and secure life here. Again, different people, different priorities.

So alot of public figures on the media have foreign accents. But most of them pick it up because they were overseas for some years of their lives. Come on, even LKY has a bit of a British accent. Are you gonna condemn him? Alot of politicians and rich businessmen come from pure boys' schools like RI and ACS. They are the ones who made Singapore the lovely country you claim you care about. Aren't you condemning them as well? Puh-lease.

Having a foreign accent doesn't mean you love singapore any less. Complaining about singapore doesn't mean you won't do anything for it. Some of my guy friends would complain to the high heavens about NS. But when the time comes, i doubt if they'd run away. And least of all, freckles? Don't be a conceited brat.

Please don't drag Singapore's good name in the mud while you give vent to your own personal small-minded complaints. Don't parade your fervent patriotism side by side with your bigoted views. Next time, If you wanna complain in this manner, please don't tell the whole world you're a Singaporean. Don't humiliate the rest of us.
Zeitie said…
Don't be so pathetically childish. Please. So people complain about Singapore. So what? People have the right to say what they want. Just becuz they don't have the same opinions as you doesn't mean you can cuss them to hell like that. Its downright petty.

Every country has its good points, as well as its problems. No country is perfect. Some people want to migrate because they value freedom more than a stable life. What is important to them is not just a good secure life served on a platter for you in Singapore, but just the freedom to *choose*. Some foreigners prefer to come to singapore for precisely the opposite reasons, to have a stable safe and secure life here. Again, different people, different priorities.

So alot of public figures on the media have foreign accents. But most of them pick it up because they were overseas for some years of their lives. Come on, even LKY has a bit of a British accent. Are you gonna condemn him? Alot of politicians and rich businessmen come from pure boys' schools like RI and ACS. They are the ones who made Singapore the lovely country you claim you care about. Aren't you condemning them as well? Puh-lease.

Having a foreign accent doesn't mean you love singapore any less. Complaining about singapore doesn't mean you won't do anything for it. Some of my guy friends would complain to the high heavens about NS. But when the time comes, i doubt if they'd run away. And least of all, freckles? Don't be a conceited brat.

Please don't drag Singapore's good name in the mud while you give vent to your own personal small-minded complaints. Don't parade your fervent patriotism side by side with your bigoted views. Next time, If you wanna complain in this manner, please don't tell the whole world you're a Singaporean. Don't humiliate the rest of us.
primo said…
10 things reasons why i think ur a bitch..
1. Immaturity
Gosh i am 14 and i think ihave more sense than you.
Sheesh. just because people have different views
from you desn;t mean that u should curse them and
all...
2. Nonsensical
Wad da hell?! you discriminate against people from
Ac/MG>! let me tell you that i am from mgs and the
reason you don't like people from english speaking
schools is cause your not from one! Honestly That is
downright unreasonable. How can u judge people from
what school they are from. you should know that there
are different peopl everywhere. Also i certainly
hope people from overseas do NOT sterotype too cuz
they'd think that we are all like you! WHat is wrong
with speaking with an accent if you were born
overseas? does everyone have to be as cheenafied as
you?! Also Whats with freckles?! tat does not make
sense at all!!!
3. STupidity
YOur real smart aren't you!? gosh all the reasons you
mentioned are so shallow!! Aren;t u in university?!
wad are u studying?! chicken breeding>?! Sheesh.. I
agree with all the other readers. at least they make
sense and do not state stupid reasons
5. btw if all the freckled, english schooled, and the
other ppl you say you hate were to move out of sg,
sg would not survive because most of the PAP and
alot of the community is made up of them. so ud be
left by yourself you cheenafied non frecked sg lovin
(ugly) "pariotic citizen".

4. Xia Xue just keep you bloody mouth used for bullshitt
shut and mayve you wun make such a fool out of
yourself and other singaporeans. ew dun let her win
best blog pls. ITs an embarrassment..
primo said…
5 things reasons why i think ur a bitch..
1. Immaturity
Gosh i am 14 and i think ihave more sense than you.
Sheesh. just because people have different views
from you desn;t mean that u should curse them and
all...
2. Nonsensical
Wad da hell?! you discriminate against people from
Ac/MG>! let me tell you that i am from mgs and the
reason you don't like people from english speaking
schools is cause your not from one! Honestly That is
downright unreasonable. How can u judge people from
what school they are from. you should know that there
are different peopl everywhere. Also i certainly
hope people from overseas do NOT sterotype too cuz
they'd think that we are all like you! WHat is wrong
with speaking with an accent if you were born
overseas? does everyone have to be as cheenafied as
you?! Also Whats with freckles?! tat does not make
sense at all!!!
3. STupidity
YOur real smart aren't you!? gosh all the reasons you
mentioned are so shallow!! Aren;t u in university?!
wad are u studying?! chicken breeding>?! Sheesh.. I
agree with all the other readers. at least they make
sense and do not state stupid reasons
4. btw if all the freckled, english schooled, and the
other ppl you say you hate were to move out of sg,
sg would not survive because most of the PAP and
alot of the community is made up of them. so ud be
left by yourself you cheenafied non frecked sg lovin
(ugly) "pariotic citizen".

5. Xia Xue just keep you bloody mouth used for bullshitt
shut and mayve you wun make such a fool out of
yourself and other singaporeans. ew dun let her win
best blog pls. ITs an embarrassment..
banananas said…
yeah. shallow is right. you are like so rude? everything does NOT go by stereotypes, i mean like you are literally kantang-profiling! please. not everyone who goes to acs/mgs, or have freckles (that's like the stupidest, crappiest thing i ever heard), or have an american/wadever accent are your stupid kantangs! and like even if your stand is strong, you didnt really have to be so rude. is that what singapore nutured you to be?

and like you arent that pretty either. so dont go around calling people you dislike ugly or whatsoever, cos i cant say much for your looks either.
Winnie said…
lolx.
It seems that after sangeeta had made her comments contradicting XiaXue's views, every subsequent comment made seems to do the same.
I don't know now.
Anyone who had read my previous comment could have guessed that XiaXue's words about the criteria for Kentangs had stepped on my tail (to put it lightly), and I think now, that I was rather rude, especially in the last few sentences of my comment.
Apologies to XiaXue for the rudeness, though I still retain my views about the issue.
Also, I think that her honest expression of her love for Singapore is rather admirable. There are many I know who have spent their lives here but do not like saying that they like, or dare I say it? love Singapore, because it seems somehow un-cool to not adopt some "talking-cock.com" attitude to the matter. (They prefer to complain about the "gah-men".)
Like a few weeks ago, I said to some classmates that compared to England, which I had visited on a school literary trip a short while ago, Singapore wasn't all that bad either, and there was a curious silence meeting my words. Interesting, ain't it?
Hey, at least XiaXue is thankful to Sg for making her who she is. A colorful, swearing, interesting person.
Indian Stallion said…
Ya think you need to tone down the dramatics a little. It's nice that you like Singapore so much, and there is nothing wrong with that. But to go attack and insult people because they don't think the same of our country is pretty much uncalled for.
Personally, there are a lot of things wrong with our Government and how the country is run in my opinion. Like how they call people who migrate to other countries quitters, but people who migrate to our country are called foreign talent. But yeah u prob dun wanna hear my views abt it so i will stop here.
Sangeeta said…
hey there xiaxue.
i understand that perhaps your entry wasn't appreciated in the way you had intially meant it to be.

for that i apologise, though i do stand by everything i had posted in both your blog and mine. i equally believe that it would be fantastic not to give up on our asian values. but as i mentioned, that wasn't made clear to me.

the impression i had received as a first time reader of your blog was that of a slightly amaturish attitude towards serious concerns which i didn't feel you were acknowledging.
your title was plain and simple: 'don't like singapore? fuck off and we won't miss you'. i was merely trying to highlight, that on many angles, there is more than what meets the eye. there are concerns which we should correct, instead of ignoring them. escapism is not a means to an end as suggested by you. it is an end itself. i, like you am afterall a concerned singaporean citizen.

i would continue reading your blog from time to time, despite you hoping that i wouldn't. whenever someone posts an entry for the world to see, they must be prepared for criticism, especially that which is constructive (i.e. like my own comments on your site)

i acknowledge that humour is a wonderful skill to possess when writing an entry. but perhaps, you should focus on wit, rather than blatant slapstick humour with reference to such 'sensitive' issues.
mike said…
alwast glad to see a fellow patriot, agree with every single point of view of yours other then the fact that you degraded potatos, they are nice to eat, fills you up, and i think cheaper then rice lei.
galven said…
How do jiak kantang people mar our country? These people might be pretentious, but they have become a subset of our culture.

As for english-speaking people. You want to blame people for speaking english (naturally, instead of Chinese), why not blame the government policy of putting so much emphasis on English in school and as our business language. Note: I never said it was bad, but that is largely the reason why we have so many 'english-speaking' people nowadays. We are multicultural, and though we hail from many lands, we are Singapore, and the numerous english-speaking peoples are part of our culture too and should not be seen as fake or pretentious.

Do you expect African Americans to start uttering African tongues?
Anonymous said…
Gosh... I don't see no reason why Xiaxue's post should warrant such negative comments from some of you. Life is short... don't take everything so seriously ok :)?

Oh, and Happy National Day :)!
Zor said…
woo lurvely, sg is still home of the complain kings!
thanks goodsness i like hearing xiaxue complain in her own unique(ly singapore, wahahaha) voice.

but it was engrossing reading the comments; such passion, such fervor!

faster you all go run for garment and change the way things is done la instead of COMPLAINING as usual.

i'm rather concerned at the whole case for nepotism though... that's another thorny durian boy.

DON ANYHOW WHACK ARRR Xiao Lee!!! or we will get xiaxue to blog most mercilessly on how buay gan you are, k!

"ISD? Where???!? Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrr...."
lol for once i think u sound great in using the word F to scold the kantang pple =P
koalalalalala said…
1) Superior English... or proper english? Is it really that bad that some of us can inter-change between Singlish and English at will? Having been to western countries, as you state in one of your other entries, do you not realise that speaking in this type of english hor, will make the ang mohs think you are some stupid person leh?
2) Are you saying that just because some people come from English-speaking schools, they aren't as patriotic as you?
3) Challenge: write an entirely bias entry on how terrible Singapore's government is and how there are so many flaws etc. See you in heaven/hell. Freedom, really? There is a certain amount of freedom, but seriously, Singapore is so small that you can hardly find space to breathe. Don't you think it's just so aesthetically unappealing to have so many high-rise buildings? Don't you think it's funny that with the same amount of money you use to buy a terrace house here, you could go to Australia and buy a bungalow with a huge garden, complete with swimming pool?
4) Not everyone thinks Singapore sucks. If it did, I'd be a prostitute now probably. But that's not the point. If people want to fly away, it's none of your business.
5) Freckles are not on purpose. They come accidentally after long exposure under the sun. Even the ang mohs don't like them.

Others:
6) Liking potatoes does not mean I'm westernised. I love chinese food as much as potatoes. Isn't it possible that I have a preference? Or that I accept most cultures' cuisine?
7) The Vanda Miss Joaquim was named after an ang moh. WOWWWWWWWW... And it's a pretty flower, who wouldn't like it?
8) Who the heck likes America with Bush as president?
9) People in Switzerland are SWISS, not SWITS. *disgusted look* in case you say that I'm kantang, that's why I know this, I might like to add that this is BASIC GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
10) If you've been to Switzerland, you would realise that not eveybody there speaks proper, Americanised English. Also, it's nice to learn their culture. The tour guide was very nice when we tried to speak German, but failed.
11) Singapore's structure was based on Switzerland. It's bloody hard to be a Swiss citizen so why don't you try. There are very few Chinese there.
12) (from friend) Why do you dye your hair ang moh colour?
13) If you're so patriotic, define the aspects of multiculturalism and determine, with explanation and elaboration, if Singapore has these aspects and how it is demostrated.
14) I would hardly believe that the Swiss will be foolish enough to let in so many Singaporeans such that their watch and chocolate industry collapses. And they DO have other industries you know
15) Not all Venezualan women (I THINK they're Venezualans, not very sure) are that pretty. Those who are, are TRAINED to be models/beaty pageant contestants etc. That's why they're so good. I'm sure Singaporeans will be able to pull it off too, with that training. And seriously, why would Singaporeans want to go to Venezuala, of all places?
16) I think Venezuala, like most South American countries, is a rather poor country, as opposed to your vision of a "dream country"
17) We DO have cutesy lunchboxzes. They're from Japan. Haven't you seen them in those cutesy shops?
18) Democracy IS about people choosing. We just never had that choice. If we did have that choice and most Singaporeans said they didn't want cannabis (which probably is true), then that's democracy. They aren't fighting against the lack of drugs. They are fighting against that lack of choice. BIG DIFFERENCE
19) There are stupid and immature people all around the world, not just Singapore. Don't stereotype yourself.
20) If you had watched Friends, you would realise that people all around the world also have premarital sex. JOEY for example. Yes, I watch Friends. What a kantang hor?
21) The Dutch practice a certain thing called democracy, not self-control. Although they DO have self-control seeing as they are still alive and kicking (well Ruud van Nistelrooy is anyway).
22) As 18-year-olds, we should be mature enough to make decisions right? Therefore, we should also be mature enough to watch R21 movies right? Well if we don't have that level of maturity, at least we should be mature enough to know that we shouldn't watch R21 movies right? If you have no idea what I just said then your brain clearly not mature enough.
23) This in no way implies I do not like Singapore by the way. Yes, we have food and water, but so do all first-world countries in the world. It's GREAT that we have negligible poverty rates, but do you actually know what poverty is defined as? Less than US$1 a day. All you have to do is work at Macdonalds 1 day a week and you're not in poverty. What a GREAT world we live in. This is irrelevant yes? See how irrelevant some people are. See how irrelevant you can be as well (this is referring to your sidetrack to sex and drugs)? Look, unlike you, I've also made this point relevant in my discussion (euphemism; more like argument) in how Xiaxue's entries are, although highly entertaining, are also highly bias and rude as well. Oh, and also very untrue.
24)If people in Venice drown while they blog, I wonder where the city is now. Last I heard, it's still in Italy, afloat, albeit barely. Venice is sinking, not drowning. It's not dead yet. A city can't drown. It sinks. People in the city drown. Yes?
25) Where is Elbonia?
26) If you meant Albania, ten bucks bet you can't name its capital. Can you even name the continent its on without guessing?
27) People in Africa pray for onions? Why, do they not have bad breath? They pray for FOOD, not onions. Which person told you they prayed for onions? I find people who waste food (and when I do that, I'm disgusted at myself as well) extremely disgusting. WHY?! As a Singaporean, you should embrace food as one of Singapore's unique culture right? HA! Got back at you!
28) Since nobody seems to want me, why would I stick my head into a rotating fan, thus committing suicide, thus causing problems for the country, thus appearing on the front page of the New Paper, which is, by the way, a sad substitute for a tabloid.
29) Firm ground? Tell that to the victims of the Nicholl Highway collapse. Did you realise that most, if not all of Changi Airport is on reclaimed land?
30) As a Singaporean, I hope you know your own country's history. If it wasn't for Raffles, this wonderfully firm ground you live upon might just be a fishing village with no running water. Yet you dare to write a really long entry on how you hate people who like Westerners. Raffles was Singapore's founder but yet, somehow you fail to respect him the way other kantangs respect Westerners. HYPOCRISY.
31) Malaysia buying us up? What great optimism. No wonder Singaporeans want to flee.
32) Oh and if so many Singaporeans are kantangs, and presumably have left Singapore for the better countries, why are there so many STUPID FREAKING IDIOTS BLOCKING UP THE MRT TRAINS AND SHOVING US ABOUT?!

For the record, I am 100% Singaporean. I have no qualms about it but unlike some people, I realise that we don't live in a perfect country. I have also travelled to Australia, Switzerland and a few other place etc, and there is a noticeable change. No country is perfect, just like no human is perfect, so stop pretending that kantangs are dumbos and you're the most perfect, patriotic citizen a country should have.

Also, as a person who is in media and communications or something to that extent, you should very well know how to read between the lines. Don't expect what is promised to be given and don't believe everything you comne across, even if the sources seem reliable, which, don't really seem to be. Don't judge people by what one person says.
koalalalalala said…
Oh and 1 more thing:
Globalisation: it exists. Face reality.
Anonymous said…
Wah!! We sure got one pissed Clara over here!! Haha, have a can of Jia Jia Liang Teh to cool yourself down ok? Relax :D!
bubblybee said…
Clairee...

Glad that you understood demand and supply.
Anyway, I was referring to an individual (you, Clairee), not the entire America. Duh. Regardless of the type of education system, there will always be people who will excel and shine.
btw, you mean "Corporate Law"? LOLx.
koalalalalala said…
Who the heck is Clairee?

I have another point to add (I think of a lot of things when I'm bored ok?). Kantang, or potatoes, are found in curry. Curry is an Asian food. Of course there might be other types of curries but basically, the curry with potatoes is traditionally Malay or Indonesian. Of course, I've heard the other term for Kantang, which is Banana. Bananas are a delicious tropical fruit that is found in none other than Singapore. I'm be irrelevant, but then again, so is Xiaxue.

Anyway I just wanted to ask who Clairee is. Because it's definitely not me and a quick scan across the page shows that the closest thing to Clairee is Clara. And I'm bored. Which is actually why I read this blog but oh well.
Anonymous said…
Clara: I think if you try re-reading the original post thoroughly, you might get a pretty good inkling as to who "Clairee" is :)

By the way, have you drank your Jia Jia Liang Teh already :D?
Anonymous said…
Sorry Clara, my mistake :)! "Clairee" is from the entry dated 4 August :)

Cheers!
koalalalalala said…
Nope, after all, I'm too kantang too drink chinese tea/herbs right? Must have my English Breakfast Tea, or Camomile Tea. Zzzzzzzzzz....
Unknown said…
Well, I admire your patriotism and all that, a stand I had when I was younger, not to condescend your age or anything but just something I've discovered that I would like to share in my 3 extra years, two and a half of them served in NS.

Oh yeah, I'm currently studying in Australia and I am from ACS. But I have no freckles.

1. Meritocracy. I wouldn't say Singapore is a country of meritocracy but more of an elitist state. I screwed up my O-Levels, did moderately well in Poly but still nowhere near well enough to foster a good career (or further my education) in Singapore. Hence I went to Australia. Now, the resentment here is that I believe grades and such are a poor reflection on one's potential. For example, you scored a D for writing for the web and look where you are now. If you think about the big picture, Singapore is a saturated country career and education-wise and I'm not blaming them but they tend to put people down. I'm not surprised that most of my post-NS friends are studying overseas and end up getting PR there. Singapore needs to change its mindset. But then again, it's too small a pool anyway for everybody.

2. Immaturity. I'm a bit disappointed that you brought up cigarettes and drugs in your argument about Singapore's immature society. I understand you find smoking ridiculous etc etc. I am a smoker. I'm aware of the risks. It's a life choice. However, here in Australia, the stigma for smoking is non-existent. If you choose to smoke, that is your choice, of course as long as you don't start blowing smoke at infants in baby strollers. You can smoke in uni. As a soldier, cigarettes are issued to you. In Singapore, you can't smoke at any educational institution and smoking is heavily frowned upon in NS. Don't you find that the Singapore's stigma that people who smoke are bengs and lians i.e. of an undesireable social class a bit silly? Granted, it kills. But the issue is not the dangers of smoking and inconsiderate second-hand smoke, it's the immature image Singaporeans possess.

Oh well, these are just two of my points. I resent people saying that your points hold no ground because you didn't serve NS and are young (which sort of reflects the immature and childish thinking of most Singaporeans anyway). Everyone's entitled to their point and I decided to post this comment because of a discussion I had with a friend. I was telling him about how I was beginning to see Singapore differently while living here. He was resentful and stoic against my comments about the merits of Australia against Singapore, with comments like racism etc. BTW I have of course experienced racism here. But after a while, his mindset changed and he saw my point. Singapore is far from perfect.

People here believe Singapore is a police state or a fascist state. I won't go that far. All I have to say is that you have more freedom of choice here, the police and the law don't have the same level of gestapo omnipotence as they do in Singapore (I'm not talking about drugs), people here think bigger and don't have such a closed mindset (Singaporeans have always been criticised for extreme linear thinking) etc...

Of course, the cons are that it's obviously more dangerous here and in the end, Australia is not my home, although national identiy is constantly blurring as times change.

All I'm saying is Big Fish (the movie) and the pool being too small. You might have a different mindset if you had served NS (at least people won't question your patriotism) and definitely you should live in another country for a year or two. That is the ONLY way you can see Singapore for what it is. A great country. Good place to bring up children. But they will be sheltered (your kids would be naive and won't know how to take care of themselves), they'll grow up naive and immature and closed-minded and thus the cycle.

BTW my blog is at http://member.telpacific.com.au/chan_pan
natasha said…
i don't understand. it's not like we can choose to have freckles. duh.
dun tell u said…
i also dun like ppl who keep flaming singapore but dun be so 1-sided... its irritating

the 2 things ive experienced that singapore really cannot make it is NS system and the education.

dun go around calling ppl stupid man.. its not nice.. it would be better if u commented on their views or mindset but dun judge their character unless they backstabbed u or fucked u and dumped u.......

wads with good chocolate = best country?

they should ban chocolate its bad for health man
R2D2 said…
To the owner of this blog, because of this post, I shall do this.

*waves hand*

Bah.
Unknown!!! said…
You are awesome...first when i saw ur awards thgt bulllshit..but reading ur blog content and the response to that... u deserve a lot...bye take care.. dont knwo if u'll check my comment..
Lalalalala said…
Well I guess that those Singaporeans should go overseas for a period of time to experience for themselves what is like overseas. I am now on Student Exchange to Finland and yeah, after speaking to other Europeans, I realised that Singapore is different in her own ways.

People in Europe have other problems like their identity, where they're from and stuff like that (cos countries conquer each other blah blah..)

I'm proud of Singlish too, cos others don't understand us! It's so cool to have our own mother tongue that no one single country can understand. Imagine standing in a group of international students with one other Singaporean friend. There're Chinese, German, French, Italian Czech people etc. and they're all talking in their mother tongues. Wouldn't it be so cool to just speak Singlish! I think it is! =)
Unknown said…
First up Xiaxue, I love your blogging! I read it everytime i get a chance no doubt. But when i saw this entry, I was abit set-aback.

I may not be of age to talk, Fifteen isn't all that high anyway.

Why pull english in it? I speak good english because i want to, I do not want to go in the states and say.

"WAH LAO EH, WAH KAO ARH"
What impression will you give on the people? You said Switz.

Why Swit people don't welcome Singapore people is that most of them speak singlish, And they are like so crude when they say it.

If you find a well-spoken english person and with proper-manners. There wouldn't be any problem at all.

Why drag schools into the picture? I don't get you, and WHAT has freckles got to do with migrating overseas?

Therefore, Even if you were joking in some part, Not everyone can take a joke man. And the way you make it sound.

It's like Singapore ROCKS & the rest of the world sucks like shit? I do not think so.

So, Probably, All those comments above, i dont't really blame them at all.

Still, Your blog has some good humour.
..Maria.. said…
Used to think that Singapore sucks as hell coz it is hot as hell, Orchard is where I can only go, the strict laws is a bother. I really couldn't wait to leave Singapore. Now, I am in Sydney, the city that has all I ever wanted, yet, I can't wait to go back to Singapore, which has now become my dream city. I can't wait to stop my 1st year uni at February here, and fly back to Singapore. miss it so so so much... I miss the bus, Mrt, the foodcourt, everything. Singapore captivates me, although I am an Indonesian, Singapore is already a home to me.
Jialous said…
I go to school in Toronto, Canada and have been here for the past 6 years. Its funny but I feel so much more Singaporean now than I ever have before. Singapore is home. To me, Singapore is like mee pok: a little bit spicy, sometimes abit sour (sometimes auntie put too much vinegar), sweet-ish and definitely a comforting blend. Singapore, for all its faults, rocks!
I dont have any problems with Singapore, or the 'pore as I call it. But to be fair I dont know all that much about it.

R2K
I'm Malaysian.

Given half the chance, I'd move to Singapore.

Why?

1) Singapore is so safe. I know prancing around the streets half drunk at 4 am isn't exactly safe, but hey, in Singapore, it was.

2) You guys don't seem have a government that discriminates minorities. Bloody hell unfair ok.

3) CLEAN!! I love the clean streets.

4) Public transport is so much more reliable.

5) Shopping is just awesome.

6) Education is better, and moreover IT'S IN ENGLISH. M'sian ed system is fucking useless. Ugh.

7) Ya'll are just cooler la. Seriously. maybe I should become a citizen. Hehe.


If I had to move somewhere, I def choose Singapore.

Oh & SGD $$$ are bigger in value, too. Ha ha ha.

And kentang... heh.
edt said…
spore is good
sporeans r fucked up
dats all
Diana said…
Sheesh you people ar...

I respect XX's loyalty to her country.

But you kiasu readers do not need to start bitching abt Malaysians and making it sound like you all are generalising.

It is offensive la ok.
-zonked` said…
u have quite an interesting analysis there. haha but i cldnt finish reading. it was way too long.
Dee said…
i do agree on the account of fake accents ONLY if they are purposely concocted by fake people. the matter of accent is much more complex than that though. while it's true that there are people who fake it, for many others it's the way they have adapted to a particular language. i think people should not be dissed just because they find it more comfortable to express themselves in the english language most of the time.

i don't really know who you've been encountering but many people from "english-speaking schools", are not haters of singapore. i was taught in "english speaking schools" (though not from any of the two you mentioned) and i don't despise singapore at all. although i may be dissatisfied with the nation and some of its values and social realities from time to time (and i believe as an individual, i have the right to acknowledge and express what i like and don't like, as you do), i genuinely love it all in all and would like to see some aspects of it changed for the better. i mean, no country is perfect... singapore definitely isn't and there will always be room for improvement. that goes for the people living in it too. i am, as with many people, am game for better standards of living and i don't mean just the material aspects of things.

i'd like to think that the singapore government does care for us but we shouldn't take in everything they say or do hook, line and sinker and be complacent about it. our responsibility is to think critically, be aware of what's going on and challenge anything that needs to be challenged. i don't want singapore to be chaotic but i don't want it to be friggin 1984 either.

and about migration, it is really up to the person. i agree with some of the earlier commentors- if an individual cannot find what she or he needs from a certain place, who are we to naysay or prevent that person from going elsewhere to look for what she or he needs personally. we're all given a choice on what we'd like to do with our lives and where we'd like to go.

i'm glad that you love singapore and you're willing to stand up for the nation. but it's not cool that people who think or function differently from you are dissed without much thought about their circumstances. not cool at all.
May Pea said…
kinda late to post a comment to an entry two years ago but i've got to agree totally! i'm always working on sundays at a certain place where i will meet a certain religion ppl.. ok, i think it's pretty obvious but that's jus my observations abt it.. these ppl are MOSTLY(not entirely, i emphasised) snobbish.. they speak wif their kentang accent and jus despise the ppl serving them.. it's torturous working and facing these ppl.. hai..
bxued said…
The Buying up S'pore stuff will not happen .. However, one of my fren told me that his officer fren who's working for the border gates between m'sia and s'pore had encounter some 'almost' terrifing stuff that most s'porean had yet to noe..

The Officers(s'porean) believe tat the S'pore gov had bribe the 'm'sia officer' or 'related to the m'sia civil servant' to give s'pore tip on m'sia action.. on a certain day, a group of m'sian troop which consist of 8 to 10 people(believe to be high rank officier) Was about to march towards the border gates be4 our s'pore officier stop them.. the latter had information from our gov about the troops tat plan to march into our country and prepare to sort of 'attack' us.. However these 'Plans' were being stoppped be4 actions..

ONE important Point that my frene mention "Now LKY Is Still Alive, M'sia do not dare to do anything to s'pore, but wat if he had gone? Will s'pore still be the same anymore?".

This made me realise how much 'Power' LKY had held on to.. In fact till now every decision was carefully made by him and our bunch of ministers.. this concerns to every S'porean..

I can't Imagine If I have to Sleep in The nite of plane flyin by and siren on..(no peaceful days) like other chaotic country..

One more thing tat I discover how good or in fact great our PAPs r.. When I went to my frens estate at potong pasar, all the flats there r old and the roads r not sophisticated like my estate in smb.. I dun like the opposition's way of doin things, they have insufficient money to upgrade flats, quarrel uglylly with the PAPs and could not bring the residents up to a better level of living standards..

And People out there who's Always Complainin About after Voting For PAP, there will be A 'PAY AND PAY' sequence, U people R just not thinking deep enough..

The rise Of the Utilities bill and taxes r Global.. If the country r to ever stop at a certain rate, the country will not prosprous and we would not have good living standards and the next generation to be modernize.. We Will be stuck in old fasion culture and stuff which involves our life..

Hope U s'porean will understand and be Grateful that u lived Under PAP's control...

Anyway the story of the 'MARCH In M'sian Troops' are based on wat I heard, u can Choose To believe It OR not...

This Source from me is biased..
#STEFF said…
ehh eh! i've just gotta say kantangs without the fake angmoh's accent dont suck la.
we just cant converse well in chinese la hor.

and for all those people who are so DAMN PISSED, it aint nothing to get angry about LOR, dumbasses.(DISGUSTED)

since you guys are sooooo self-righteous than you all go DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE THINGS YOU DONT LIKE LA. dont just stuff your butt into your damn chair and just type type type LOR. will that do any good,you morons?!!

ps. i say, BASH all those bluidy assholes who dont know how life is soooo good for them, in the brains.
mebbe that would wake them up and stop their STUPID daydreams.

YAYYYYY SINGAPORE! iloveyou so!!! HUGHUGHUGHUGHUG.
peekupsticks said…
hi,

this is my first time browsing through ur blog. I enjoy all of ur posts - ure funny and cute!!

I'm a Malaysian (malay) studying in Aus at the mo,grew up in Jb n KL,studied in a convent school and from an english speaking family background.

i'm open to political or racial posts by bloggers. its our right to blog in all honesty and i appreciate it when bloggers articulate their opinion in these matters though it may be opposing to my own personal stand..

just a question..do u know how it feels when u see a loving family strolling by the park? its not ur family, but ure happy for them!!?? Cos happy families nurture strong characters resulting in quality communities that shape better countries..No man is an island, rite?

that’s how i feel when i read ur post of patriotism!! i'm happy for u, and i have been silently celebrating ur national day as well, watching the parade on Sbc while i grew up in Jb..whenever august comes around, i will instantly remember the two dates, urs and ours!! Like how u would remember a fren's birthday!!

So how do u treat a fren? a neighbour? r u jealous of his/her good fortune? look down on his/her handicap?

i have always look up to Singapore from across the causeway, I hope someday Malaysia will have the fortune and efficiency that will be at par with your country. Whatever superiority u have is a good precedence for our country.

I expected that for a stable and advanced country like urs, there wouldn't be as much fear as shown in ur reader’s comments here.

Everyone knows that Malaysian military is not at all at par with Singapore- embarrassing, yes. And the thought that a Malaysian army would want to invade Singapore is so ridiculous that it’s not even funny. How can a handful of army men march across the causeway and expect to create an impact?

We will never be happy obsessing about enemies or future threats. Yes, be vigilant and protect ur country but don’t spread such malicious rumours please.. i would like to enjoy looking over to ur greener pastures without thinking "do they hate us?" "will they invade us ?" "buy us??!!"

u can be rest assured that taking over an island like Singapore thinking that we can profit from it..is like drugging a girl thinking she would fall in love with ya!! its not gonna happen, and every sane person knows that!!

Singapore is successful not because of the land, its because of the work ethics, it’s the spirit of the people..Do u realize that nobody can buy “that”!! The best Malaysia can do is try to create better quality citizens thru education and cultural programs and install good professional ethics as well!!

By the way, Malaysia does not have the money to properly manage the public toilets in the capital city yet, or to provide a sane public transportation system yet..(theres a long list here) so i dont think we have any money to buy any island..singapore or batam or any island at all!!

im a bit flattered that ur reader(s) think Malaysia have the army and financial resources!! It’s funny!! But above all, I’m concerned of the tone of fear and suspicion..Its not healthy especially when unlike other neighbouring countries, we don’t have a history of violence at all!! I’m happy that we haven’t gone there and I will never forgive my own leaders if they resort to violence!!

Kudos to the writer for promoting loyalty and patriotism, the citizen of the world thank you!! Spread love, not war..
sze eng said…
i m a insensible kid, but i dun like drugs! people r making themselves stuffering by getting "HIGH"?! Malaysia is NOT gonna buy us. singapore one of the few countries tat have drinkable water straight from the tap, we r fortunate. n yet ppl wish they were born in other countries. hey, anyway, my teacher says tat y the ministry dosen't want to ban smoke is because tat alot of ppls are smoking nowadays.if they ban smoke, ppl will either stuffer or they have to bring it secretly form other countries and ppl who sells smoke without the ministry's knowledge will earn and it will eventually start getting to more things like drugs. i agree with you!!
per.verSiOn.2.0 said…
i've been to SG a few times and i absolutely LOVE the place.

however, i just hate it when SG's think they speak the best English in Asia. i've worked with a number SG suppliers and i really have to say, they're accent is AWFUL! i really can't understand why they seem to be of the opinion that their English is superior than that of, say, the Philippines.

that aside, i think SG is one of the best countries in Asia! (can't say yet if it's the best, cuz haven't been to Japan yet...)
Unknown said…
Haven't spent the time reading your site, and perhaps I should to better understand who you are. But frankly, I'm not going to bother. You're very patriotic, I can see just briefly scanning through your blog, and that's admirable. Seems like you're always defending Singapore.

My question to you is have you ever stopped to wonder why you have to constantly defend Singapore. In other words, why do you think so many people are bashing Singapore? I mean, c'mon, let's be real here. If there wasn't something wrong with the place, then you really shouldn't feel the need to constantly stand up for it. Likewise, you're not entitled to, but the fact that you do means that there are obviously several haters on Singapore.

I'm not sure if you've ever lived anywhere else, but if you haven't, then you really don't have anything to compare Singapore to. And if you have, where? How did it compare to here, assuming it was a developed country?

As for myself, I have been fortunate enough to live in several countries. Italy, Malaysia, and the US are the a few to name, but are more than enough to cover my point. Which is, they all had something Singapore lacked. Diversity. I've lived here for two years, attended school at SAS, and am now fluent in Mandarin. I can only say that what I will remember about Singapore, not the people I've met (because a country should not be measured by its people, and if were, I could tell you from experience Singaporeans are near the bottom of the list when it comes to hospitality), is that it is repetitive. Repetition is not what you'll get in Rome, nor is it what you'll experience in the US. And that's probably why you hear a lot of young adults (not retired expats who enjoy the quiet, calm, and peaceful life) saying, "Singapore is boring."

BTW, you can google "Singapore is boring" and receive several results. Can't say that about many countries. :/
Unknown said…
BTW, even if I don't agree with your view, it doesn't mean I hate Singapore. And it definitely doesn't mean I think you're ignorant for doing what you feel is right. I do love your loyalty and patriotism, but perhaps what I find most intriguing about you is your passion to support your country and to do so in your fashion. It's very creative, the way you speak to your readers, and since I'm sure you already knew that, I thought I'd remind you.

Wonder if you'll post my comment?
Unknown said…
Even if we Malaysians have tonnes of money, we wouldn't even DREAM of buying SIngapore.

Considering being related to Singaporeans!

HUMBUG! Pfffttt!!!

Rather buy Timbaktu.
Interesting looking place.
"Come to think of it, either does Singapore." << neither does singapore.. for all the lauding of Singapore u r doing on this blog.. and all the sucking up to the westerners that u do mostly, you have a lousy language.

thats also in contradiction to the "1) Speaking with a stupid American/any other "superior English" accent " << just cos singlish isnt even half english doesnt give u the right to speak thus of anyone who doesnt speak "what lah, more chilli can language"..

no hablo ingles? learn spanish! :D

good luck with ur loserdom.
Z said…
i feel that it's nice of you to be patriotic and all for your home country, because loving one's country earnestly and feeling proud to be born in it is certainly a wonderful thing. but there are limits. as some others have commented, there really is no reason to be put people down and stereotype stereotype them, whether it was intentional/unintentional.

but as i've said, patriotism isn't a bad thing at all. generalising blindly, however, is.

that's all.

hope you have a nice day! =)
Themuxicbox said…
I would like to say... although this comment is abit late... that thank you to those who love singapore and thank you to those who hate singapore ... no country is perfect but I do appreciate that I can drink from taps, that I have books to read, I have teachers who teach me, I have computers to use, I have shopping malls to shop in, I have taxi uncles to quarrel with, I can go home alone at 3am..

Its better than having to beg in the streets, to be a prostitute at age 10, to wait for some countries to be aware that I need help before I get help, be raped/killed under the broad day light, sell underwear for $$....

even if facilities for handicapped came 10 yrs late, even if govt try to monopolise things, even if my teachers order to close down my blog...even if I can't do drugs (I don't want anyway..its uncool), even if activities are limited to shopping malls, swimming complexes and east coast park.....

If you like ... stay or make changes... if you don't... leave...
its your choice...
I had to stop reading at your closed minded views on MJ.

Some people are able to control themselves. It's just a natural substance, not unlike alcohol. Why don't you ban alcohol, people abuse that too!

Stop being so close minded and listen to everything the damn government tells you.

I got multiple degrees in hardcore shit, and yet I still smoke weed. Nothing is wrong with me.

You are brain-washed.
djohn said…
greetings,
well i believe in free speech and hence agree that u have the rights to your own comments.however much i may/may not disagree with it.
then again aint free speech a "western" idea? so well either im one of those pple u have been talking about who u are against, for solely agreeing that u have the right to say what u wish, or i could be one of the supporteers of ur cause, a "non-westernised" person who will disagree that u have the right to say what u wish...how ironic dunch u think?

but on certain notes u show a lil lack of education with regard to, eg: ur weed argument...actually for years before u were born by our ancestors weed was used as a healing herb, or maybe our traditions as asians as u so strongly support are truely wrong?
perhaps u might realize that weed on its own has nva lead to any direct cause of death? the only 3 cited death with relation to weed was when it was used in conjunction to other drugs such as alcohol...dame im my opinion alcohol should be banned... solely cause i dun drink...yea i know ur thinking wad an arsehole, then again u dun smoke weed and u think it should be banned without any medical proof so ur an arsehole too..alls fair i guess...i can easily dig up 100 sites on the adverse effects of alcohol with medical proof could u do the same for the "evil weed"?
not that im pro weed or anything but between the two/three alcohol and ciggies are greater evils...
do us a favour and research ur articles b4 posting...oh and ur idea of taking them in pills is excellent..the worst part abt weed is the tar u inhale...so good on u for suggesting that...8)

feel free to e-mail me if u have actually formed a worthy argument on that issue....
cheers,
djohn(p0033765@yahoo.com.sg)
kiapura said…
It surprises me how few people realise alcohol is a drug. A much more dangerous drug than marijuana. If Singapore really cared about you marijuana would be legal and alcohol would be illegal, but unfortunately it cares more about international convention than protecting it's civilians from harm in this case. Just like most countries.

Singapore has great food and boring people. I'm generalising. I can both hates things and like things about a place. I guess that's what most people do.
Rocksteady said…
Was searching for Success Resources Singapore Sucks when your link turned up.

The people of Switzerland are called the 'Swiss'. Not the Swits. Lmao. You need to eat some potato or type in Hokkien. (But doubt you will do any better than a 10 year old in Taiwan nor Fujian. That's the problem with certain Singaporeans... half bucket of everything and yet want to act like they know ANYTHING. And refuse to acknowledge their shortcomings).

I am Singaporean, a male, travelled more than 23 countries but yet, there are some parts of Singapore that I like and parts of Singapore that I don't (caused by people like you) and I admit them openly, not taking sides whether speaking to Singaporeans or not. The truth is the truth. Why take sides?

Unlike you, when someone has a different opinion, you tell them to fuck off? Is that truly 'patriotic' or just plain closed minded? I don't think you did anything worthy for your country to date. Maybe the biggest contribution you ever did in your life is to purchase make-up in Orchard road to paint your face and inflate your own ego.
So much for 'patriotism'.

Btw, the padding on your bra is too damn thick.
Xinlin said…
well, I'm a Malaysian.
But I STILL agree with all of u.
Malaysia sucks.
But I think MOST Bumiputeras' in Malaysians are people u'd hate.
Our father of independence would have regret in his grave to kick u Singaporeans out from Malaysia.
But, U Singaporeans will say it was a good choice, coz u were all right ahead us.
We chinese can't even fight 4 our rights here, main point, everybody are afraid to go into jail.
I am so grateful to b in malaysia which was a peaceful country b4 this year's election.
Unknown said…
Hehe thats ultra cool, funny, yet thought pondering and informative and yeah human beings are like that. Never contented. Singaporeans should be glad our government are doing all they can to make singapore a good home. Considering we have no natural resources but just 'us' and a strategic port. Love you XiaXu keep up the excellent blogs!
Ninguin said…
awww i was reading you blog and now im missing sg like crazy. i used to live in sg, then moved over to canada with my family. AND NOW IM BITCHING MISSING SG LIKE SIAO. like seriously.

all the awesome stuff like wide variety of food, frequent public transportations, super convenient malls, low taxes (fscking canada), high tech-ness and low crime rates.

when im done with uni here, IM GOING BACK TO SGGGGGG!!!!!! AHHH I MISS MY FRIED CARROT CAKE, HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE, LOR MEE AND CHEAP BUBBLE TEA. dammit.

oi and any idiots who complain that sg taxes are high, beat canada's: 13 frikkin %!!!
Mike said…
-WOW, you obviously know nothing about drugs. haha. you reek of insecurity, kid. so u need the govt to restrict drug use and make choices for you cos u don't trust yourself enough to stay away from drugs if the choice was yours.

and yes, your ugly. thanks for validating how i feel about this place.

"SHUT THE FUCK UP LAH. SLAP YOU. Singapore is pretty fine as it is. Very torturous to stay here is it? Is it really that bad? "

- u sound mentally challenged or a f--ckd up retard. u went to school right? ur a columnist too. tsk.. tsk. u do hosting, writing, photoediting. hmmm? doesnt sound like u specialize in anything at all. and your asking for invites to parties and events.. there's one word to describe posers like you. DESPERATE.
rudylee said…
LOL!! Mike so funny as he quote "- u sound mentally challenged or a f--ckd up retard. u went to school right? ur a columnist too. tsk.. tsk. u do hosting, writing, photoediting. hmmm? doesnt sound like u specialize in anything at all. and your asking for invites to parties and events.. there's one word to describe posers like you. DESPERATE."

Wow seriously funny and hit to the nail. Seriously... so funny. Sad but true indeed. O.o!

I was like "WOW". Short and brief to the point. ;p
dandi said…
People who come from MGS/ACS dosent mean they are like that, dont judge people.Maybe you have some grudge against them or something.Then why do i still see you dyeing your hair blonde,wear BLUE contacts?Its obivious you want to be a blond. Even your boy friend is something like "Angmoh".
So what if they come from english-speaking schools?They still learn English AND Chinese!
l33txxx said…
hmmm interesting place.
I think you protecting your country is good. But i think i have to disagree wit your blog 1) Speaking with a stupid American/any other "superior English" accent
wow.. im american and living in singapore and most people that i meet are ass holes. I was at a park practicing parkour if u dont know that search it then someone called the police and reported me. They say i was disturbing them. That is stupid. And the one where u said stupid american is insulting and mean. Hopefully racist people like you get caned or something. Bye you wont see me visiting your stupid blog.
Oh and by the way your fat and ugly.
HAHAHAHAHA said…
Well honestly, you have a distasteful sense of humor, if that's what you call defaming and spoiling the reputation of schools from your very own country. And apparently, my definition of 'immature' (obviously slightly different from yours) just so happens to fit the image of you formed in my brain after reading your entry. From simple calculations, your entry consisted of 13 'stupid's and 5 'fuck's. What i visualize from your blog entry is a childish and uneducated typical singaporean trying to fend for her dear country by pulling around senseless words and trying to make a big deal out of migrating out of her 'little world'. I feel sorry for you that your way of seeing even the most ordinary and realistic things, are so warped and unreasonable.

First things first. Quote: CURSE THEM ALL TO ETERNAL HELL. Cursing people (whoever they might be) first thing on the blog entry - very bad persuading skills.

And then, speaking with stupid american or other superior english accent. So, you would prefer it if everyone in singapore speaks as lousily as you do in your entry, and 'beautifies' the english language with a ton of 'fucktard's 'lah's 'luh's 'leh's etc. etc.?? And who concluded that speaking with American accent equals to being arrogant and feeling much more superior than their fellow singaporeans? What is your definition of "superior" english accent, is it simply any way of speaking that sounds better than you did, or any form of english speaking that sounds as if they are trying to differentiate themselves from other 'low classed commoners', or so you think?? If that is the case, have you not unconsciously grouped yourself into the 'low classed commoners' category? Does the standard way the news reporter speaks on your channel 5 news irk you?? So much for singapore's (apparently, failed) education, so much for the tons of recruited teachers trying to teach the singapore youngsters to speak properly.

"Constantly whining about lack of freedom and space." Is whining the main problem here, or otherwise? Lack of freedom and space in singapore is a fact, be it whined about or not. If you have tried to rationally judge the freedom given by a country's government after living in different places on earth, you might have realised that the singapore government restricts so much of a person's lifestyle and way of thinking, it's almost like setting a boundary around the country's citizens, disallowing its people to get out of their little paradise to discover the other much more amazing things in the rest of the world. And thus the formation of close minded and inflexible people like you, who thinks singapore is the best place in the entire galaxy. If you ever heard of the chinese saying "jing di zhi wa", that's what singaporeans nowadays are all becoming, conceited and unknowing.

Saying singapore sucks and would fly away at their youngest age possible. Millions of people migrate because other countries offer them with much more opportunities in life. It's their choice where they want to stay. Besides, you might never know how your life could have been much better if you migrated to some other country to develop whatever skills you have.

Have freckles. LOL. So funny, such humor.

Ok. Here comes. You said "singapore has nurtured you to become you and whatever bullshit and unimportant opinions that you have..." So true! Singapore has definitely successfully nurtured YOU to become YOU and whatever bullshit and unimportant opinions that YOU have!! You might not realize it, but in the eyes of another person, you're the dream type of citizens the singapore government has wished for, ignorant to the point they are willing to believe how wonderful the government is and all those bull.

Another thing. Hundreds, no, thousands of people are ruining Singapore right now in you theory, because people are flocking and migrating to singapore, is it not true? But is it not the government that's doing that, trying to get more people to come to the country, to bring it prosperity?!
this is the first time that i come across your blog and id say i love it. i wont comment in this particular post but id like to just say that i like how you write your blog and you really make lots of sense. keep it up! :)
atique i am said…
Hi,
Agreed with u. There's no better place like home. Understood very well your last statement of "I'll stay loyal to you even if Malaysia buys us up." It's just for stating how much you loves SG. I'm Malaysian btw. Those ungrateful people(applied to all citizenship) is just immature freaks. To have peoples writing RACIST comments over here is a proof that citizenship DOES NOT guarantied you with intellectual maturity. Be it SG or MY.

The biggest fools would be Malaysian-Complicated's comment.
charlene said…
yeah i agree. ppl shouldnt complain about the country which they are living in. its bad if they were born in the country, worse if they migrated there. cos if you hate the country so much, then really, go back to wherever the hell you came from!
Andrea said…
Um, excuse me? MGS hates Singapore? How amusing. If it did, why would the students even be here?
USA!!! said…
People migrate to other countries for the landscape greenery that even if used to be in Singapore was cut down,tv channels not controlled by the goverment,people who aren't emotionless,freedom not found at all in Singapore and a place where not all jobs are soul sucking desk-office jobs where people work until they DIE!
USA!!! said…
To:Gum. Yeah right.Everyone SOOOO believes you got your hands on CIA files and that the CIA writes like a brainwashed news writer from Singapore using pharses like'hi-tech hub'

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