Jul 30, 2008

Viewpoint from Singapore

Pic from Straits Times Singapore

This posting is on the suggestions of zorro as he has commented on the earlier post for another perspective and this is keeping me up from sleep as over here in Singapore, its all serious work and up early in the morning, grrr.. ok here goes...

The Singaporeans thinks that our country has gone to the dogs and anyway most of the people that i have met here are mostly Malaysians with PR status who have taken root here and their children are local citizens. A banker that i met who is also a Malaysian says that half the people here in the financial district are from Malaysia.

Listen to this Malay Malaysian that i met here in Singapore who is now a Permanent Resident and has raised a family with Singaporean children, when the topic of bumiputra status was raised he gave me a frown and said you must be crazy to believe that NEP bullshit from the politicians. And he fumes and farts on the sodomy stuff.

(Pic of Esplanade next to my hotel)
Malaysian news are frequently making headlines in the local and international media here and are some kind of a comedy anecdote to lighten up the busy people here in Singapore and when i ask this Korean girl working here with a PR what she knows about Malaysia and her answer was "er..sodomy?"

This is such a bustling and vibrant city with a hive of activities and a global melting pot of people from all corners of the earth and more like a global city and it is just amazing like the hotel where i am staying has staffs from all over and i have met happy smiling people from you name it even from Finland and Sweden and these are just the hospitality staff and there will be a host of welcoming multi national staffs stationed at the entrances just to greet you and lead you to the lift and provide any assistance that is required.

And Singaporeans are a caring lot too as a recent report show that the locals donated some S$ 5.45 billion in the year 2006 to charity and the surprise in the report was the largesse shown by ordinary Singaporeans. And Singapore is fast gaining repute as an educational hub with the report that in 2007 there were 86000 students from 120 nationalities pursuing higher education.

(The Helipad Rooftop Bar overlooking the Singapore River)

This is really a socio economic success story here of the modern world and you can see that the government is so engrossed into providing continuous improvements into all aspect of social and economic life and it is almost crime free, well at the very least my Malaysian associates comments that he can walk anywhere in the night in this city without any fear of being mug of which he would not do in KL. There is much to talk about this little and cozy country and will expand further later on in separate posting.

Taxi drivers are the ones with all the news and stories and they will get highly enthusiastic on the Anwar stories and yeah Anwar is a hero over here and there are none and not a single person (that i met) who is negative about DSAI. The people here think that he is the one to save the country. Just read another centre spread coverage from AWSJ on this stupid sodomy allegation.

(The Singapore Flyer
The world largest observation wheel at 165 metre high)
The general consensus every where on this sodomy allegation is that it is pure garbage and 100% unbelievable to say that DSAI rape that farker(oops wrong spelling) faker. And most people here in Singapore believe that it is a political assassination.

PS. The internet speed here is fantastic! (yawn) Gotta go sleep now.


zorro said...

The Lion City is what it is because corruption is kept in check. What I wanted to know really is: ARE SINGAPOREANS HAPPY? People DON'T CARE how clean you are, how modern you are, how educated you are, how IT savy you are, UNTIL they know how much you CARE?
Miss Singapore is gorgeous. Looks Malay. It is a pity our Malay girls are not allowed to....u know what.

Unknown said...

haha yeah gorgeous Miss Singapore.

The majority of Singaporeans are happy with the social and economic condition as you have a clean and free of corruption government and a very efficient civil service.

However the only grouses that you sometime hear are that this island state is not yet a fully democratic country and it is quite a bit of an authoritarian regime too and they do give any opposition a tough time.

The differnces with Malaysia is that it is clean of corruption, efficient civil service and safe of crime together with an excellent economic management.

My view is that it has to open up a bit more and allow greater freedom of expression from its people. And my feel is that the second generation of leaders are very much more sensitive to this and i do see progress towards this end and will gradually find its path towards this end.

Will talk about the political approach in later posting to come.

Anonymous said...

malaysia now is a third world country with barbaric politics.

Donplaypuks® said...

No country is perfect, but right now, barring Zimbabwe, no country is less perfect than M'sia.

I worked in S'pore between 87-95 and admire it becoz everything from the street-lights, to LRT and lifts etc etc works. Taxi and bus drivers fear the passengers unlike over here.

But theer is a trade off which cannot be satisfied with tokenisms like 'Hyde Park!' The people do live in fear of their Government, especially of the Lees, and many have PR's in Oz.

Children grow up too fast in a pressure-cooker education system and suffer for it later.

No, I prefer M'sia with all its warts & moles. There is still hope.


Unknown said...

yoz dontplaypuks,

yup agree with you Malaysia is still the place for me too bcoz i am a Malaysian and it is sad to see the condition of our beloved land as anon says the barbarians of politicians that is ruining our country all these years.

And as i have said in earlier posting (Then&Now)i remembered when we were at par with Singapore where the exchange rate was 1:1 in the late 70s.As compared to now the rate is at about RM 2.40 to S$1

We the Malaysian people need to unite ourselves so that we can be the change that we wanted and not to let these people fool us no more!

muststopthis said...

boo hoo hooo, I missed my boat, and now I hope I don';t regret it!
to turn down SGD4800 for life back in the boondocks!

Unknown said...

hi Tony,
The country needs you to be here forget about the SGD, we need all the patriots to fight off the evil corruptors in our country.

Met a malay girl working here in the hotel and i first ask her "are you a malay" and she answered "yes but i am a Singaporean".

Than i ask her do you like Malaysia and she said yes but only to visit the beach resort and things are cheap there but not to stay and work there.