This is what really went down at Bukit Batok:
This is what really went down at Bukit Batok:
You know, I really don’t like the supertrees.
In the day, they look like strange disembodied veins forming over half of a ball.
“Vein-y ball.” What other vein-y balls can you think of children?
And at night, they look like those fibre optic lamps that were so popular in the 80s.
“Grandma’s disco decor.” I often reminisce.
Nevertheless, I’ve toyed with the idea of visiting Gardens By the Bay this year, till I watched this video by STB yesterday:
I dunno man, it reminds me of those CDIS pre-programme segments also in the 80s:
What can we conclude from all this? That time travel is real and land is so scarce in our Lion City that a section of our civil service has in fact relocated to 1987. #conspiracytheory
Or maybe it was designed specifically to Filipino tastes and it’s the cultural difference that has made Singaporeans “LOL”, explains STB’s executive director, communications & industry marketing, Oliver Chong.
“… the video received a good response from the Philippines market. Chong said that when shared on STB’s Facebook page for the Philippines, the video attracted over 3,400 likes in the first week and garnered some 900 comments, largely positive.”
Orly? If it’s so well received, why pull it off the interwebs STB?
Don’t help that he’s quoted in this report which is followed by 4 affirming quotes by Filipinos who thought the ad was lameshit too. Cept Carlo, who is a really nice guy.
“I think that if they cut all the dialogue it might have worked a lot better – like the Malaysia Truly Asia ads.” -Marco Almira, 22
“ STB has a lot to contend with, as BBDO’s “It’s more fun in the Philippines” has set the bar quite high. He added that the reflection on Filipinos was offending. “If the video (was supposed to) reflect research on Filipino tastes, then yes I am offended. It’s either the data was wrong or the creative sensibilities of the agency behind it was broken at that time. The biggest question I guess is why it was approved by the STB,” – Marketing Philippines’ editor Oliver Bayani
“There’s more to see in Singapore.” – Joven Barceñas, 29
“I think the message was clear, but the execution didn’t have the ‘wow’ element they were trying to achieve. It could still attract tourists from the Philippines, though. Filipinos are family oriented so the video will likely work on us,” Carlo Reston, 29
You know you ded when even the article purportedly written in your defence is not defending you. But at least you have a friend in Carlo. Carlo’s awesome.
If only it rained money like it rained bullshit today.
Raging homophobia, religious fundamentalism; sad Tan Cheng Bock; MPs talking out of their asses… as if that’s not enough, apparently there are TWO musicals based on LKY in the works.
TWO. MUSICALS. Did you get that? One dancing LKY is not enough, they need two.
Just like how one needs two hands to properly “angkat bola”.
So today’s bitchfit is about the things I’ve read this week and bookmarked with a “screw this shit” in my mind. Lets lay these stinkers out in chronological order:
#01 – Hri Kumar reflects on Anton Casey, after everything has kinda blown over, and prescribes a token regular Singaporean friend ( or more!) as a cure. In this Facebook post, he says: “The real cure for Anton Casey and others like him is simple. It is not to issue apologies or perform demonstrations of contrition managed by public relations firms. Neither is it to issue death threats or make life miserable for his family, especially his young son. The cure for Anton Casey is for him to get to know and make friends with Singaporeans, especially those who are not as wealthy as he is. Only then will he truly understand the wrong he has done, and start on the road to salvation. ”
Honest to goodness, who the heck wants to be “that friend”? And how does he know AC don’t have Singaporean homies? He married one, surely she has some MRT riding relatives?
So screw this kumbaya shit Hri Kumar, tokenism is wrong, no one wants to be a “symbolic” friend. I wanna have a rich friend to wean me off my anti-establishment tendencies, care to go for lunch?
#02 Lawrence Khong and MP Lim Biow Chuan form unwitting tag team against logic.
Earlier this week, Health Promotion Board put up a very comprehensive article on the frequently asked questions on sexuality. An objective article that I should think is really helpful for those grappling with the issue of sexuality. Much as some factions would like to ignore, there is a part of the population who are gay or confused about their sexuality. And they have families who will have to deal with it too. So a round of applause for the brave, unyielding souls who gave it the go-ahead. I doubt this was approved without the understanding that it was going to attract some type of shitstorm. Because see? Here comes Lawrence Khong and his backup dancers with his 7 page rebuttal.
And amid the angry/concerned typing over form fields and word prcessors, the supreme stinker thus far arose – MP Lim Biow Chuan and his “disappointment”:
You know, earlier this week, I had a discussion about “hypocrisy” on fb. I came to the conclusion that hypocrisy is a ubiquitous human flaw which we should accept to a certain degree in order to stay sane, but at the same time, it has different levels of impact, depending on how it manifests itself.
MP Lim Biow Chuan’s statement REEKS of the type of damaging hypocrisy that is so flimsily disguised that it’d be a crime to not call it out.
“I cannot agree that ‘A same-sex relationship is not too different from a heterosexual relationship’. The two relationships are different and they go against the Government’s policy of promoting heterosexual married couples to have healthy relationships and to build stable nuclear and extended family units.”
Here are some FAQs (Furiously Asked Questions) of my own to Mr Lim and his ilk:
But having a homophobic conservative type or two in parliament is not really a huge issue. I believe as long as there is diversity, there will be discordant views. The next “screw this shit moment” is dedicated to the non-homophobes in parliament who have chosen to walk the tightrope rather than take a firm stand.
#03 Talking about you – MP Baey Yam Keng
In this report by Today, Baey weighed in with these thoughts:
‘“It’s a bit bold of them to take this approach,” said Mr Baey, who previously had expressed support for the repeal of Section 377A, which criminalises sex between men. While he found some of the answers objective and explained in a clinical way, Mr Baey felt there were some that were too simplistic and may lead to people making judgements that are not as well-informed.
“For example, this point about the differences between same-sex and heterosexual relationships, I felt that the answer lacked another dimension, which is about the Asian values of family,” he said. He added that some social norms, such as how same-sex couples are not able to get married here, could have been reflected in the answers.”‘
Why Yam Keng? Why? I’d held you in high regard because I saw you on national news openly supporting the repeal of 377A in a forum organised by Wild Rice. What a brave and honest move from a politician here, I had thought to myself. But your comments on the HPB FAQs marks to me a progression in political savviness but a regression as a representative of the people.How can you possibly support the repeal of 377A, a law which criminalises sex between two men, but turn around and espouse “asian family values” as a valid reminder that could be added to the article? It is a weak counter point in the face of such confident and thoughtless expressions of homophobia by so many MPs in the House.
So while us dirty hippies cringe at the sheer bigotry among our supposed representatives in parliament, maybe we should also consider the reasons why there is such a resounding LACK of rebuttals by members who by most counts are supportive of the LGBT community here?
Put that as a number in the LKY musicals… What do you say, Dick Lee?
An indiegogogo campaign has been created to raise funds for the family of the foreign worker who died in the car accident said to have sparked off the Little India Riot last Sunday. Mr Sakthieval Kumarvelu like many who have come to work here, leaves behind a family who has lost a vital if not only breadwinner of the household.
I may not know Mr Kumarvelu in person, but in my experience with foreign workers here, family is held dearly among them, regardless of their race and country. Like the Bangladeshi father who was devastated by his infant son’s death back home, or the PRC husband who reminisced fondly to us on how he courted his wife.
I imagine Mr Kumarvelu was the same; that he had someone he missed, missing him back.
Visit the link below if u wish to help out.
A slow clap moment, as yet another shit of a headline assaults my eyes.
That’s LOW man…
“So what exactly is wrong with it?” Some might ask.
Well true, it’s a perfectly legitimate highlight of what the writer thinks is the most eye catching aspect of the story.
If you are a jerkwad.
I’d think the drunken misconduct of the deceased would be overshadowed by the fact that the poor man was later pinned under a bus, in a foreign land, with a family back in India.
But I suppose no one stripped further in the chaos, so it’s not headline worthy.
It’s as though by revealing his behaviour to the world, the headline expects us to nod our heads and say he deserved it.
Or are Stomp readers that hungry for salacious details, that one simply cannot allow a pant dropping incident to go unnoticed?
We should also stop and think about what this headline is implying. What type of prejudice it is trying to reinforce in our heavily judgemental society.
Mr Sakthivel Kumaravelu is a victim in a fatal accident.
He did not instigate the riot.
He was drunk and wanted to get back to his dorm.
He deserves a lot more than such a headline that does nothing but humiliate him for a couple of likes from…say it with me now: “JERKWADS.”
Last night, as we left the cab we were in, the cab driver asked us ” Hey were you two at Little India just now? I just got news that there is a riot happening there. “We told him no, both trying to process the information. ” Avoid Little India. A riot occurring.” roughly read the words off the taxi telcom monitor.
We spent the rest of the evening catching up on social media. Settling into the reality that Singapore had just been hit with a real life riot.We laughed at the memes and funny updates that alleviated the sense of unease.
Still, it was a deeply sobering moment to witness SPF vehicles get overturned like that. The Singaporean in me, conditioned to believe that the country, in spite of its flaws, is impermeable to such massive acts of violence, felt the familiar crack in my wall of faith. Something that began in 2006, when I realised that Straits Times had failed to report truthfully about WP rallies.
This all sounds pretty grim. And it is. But maybe, breaking that illusion once and for all may not be a bad thing. Singapore is changing. The occupants are different, the values among the young are different. It may be delusional and harmful to ignore the changes or refuse to adapt.
I think it’s fair that people are speculating, because this is not a country where riots are common. And questioning minds indicate a thirst for more than the run of the mill answers that we are accustomed to receiving. Just because there are questions, it does not mean that people are necessarily rooting for more chaos, or justifying the acts of violence. When drama occurs, some will want to smooth it over and pretend it’s no big deal, some will latch on to the emotional effects and respond evocatively. While others, will question and reflect. Could there have been tension brewing that we do not know of? Could it have been avoided? There is nothing wrong with asking questions and have a desire to be more aware. But often, we too fall under the influence of our very own mob, and allow these questions to remain unanswered.
A and I discussed the possible reasons for the riot. Could it have been the culture ingrained in some of the rioters? Most of whom I assume are from the poorer regions of South India. While it would be unfair and elitist to say that the poor are more prone to violence, it throws up the question of how the powerless in the world find power in the mob and how that force acted out against the authority figures of this country last night. Inebriated senselessness or otherwise, it forces even the most passive of Singaporeans to be aware of the a growing sector of society that most I know would not even acknowledge.
I’ve long been of the opinion that we are climbing up a class ladder on the shoulders of migrant workers. Having them do the work that Singaporeans would not do and often not paying them due wages, on the pretext that for them, it’s sufficient. We use the word “Bangla” to describe any brown skinned worker we see, not in an irreverent way, but with genuine viciousness and prejudice. Their body odour from a hard day’s work offends us. The crimes committed by individuals define their ilk, making them an effective “bogeyman” that parents use to scare their young with. The way they populate Little India on the weekends, are the butt of many jokes among Singaporeans who say it with such a disturbing sense of ease.
I’m not here to defend or justify the acts of violence that occurred last night. I for one don’t wish to see my beloved country degenerate into a state of familiar chaos. It is, as some netizens have coined, “Not the Singaporean way.”
But I also hope that xenophobia, classist snobbery and a sense of entitlement over the perceived powerless will not continue weaseling itself into the ” Singaporean way.”
Because as long as the demand for cheap foreign labour continues here and around the world, we will be faced with with the repercussions that come when we render a group powerless – socially and financially on our shores. And we’d do better, if not well, to not take them for granted, or disrespect them. Since you can only ignore them for so long.
As usual, in this age of impasse, there is no easy solution.
In the meantime, if you can’t be kind, at least be fair.