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Tales of Mr. Tan VII – Better-Than-Thou January 28, 2008

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Mr. Tan, in the fallout of the cancellation of the Complain Choir concerts, noted a Better-Than-Thou syndrome amongst the Singaporean authorities. When asked what he meant, he said: ‘i’ll make it very clear to you. Why do our politicians see it as their God-given right to set themselves above the average folk? Why do our politicians see themselves as above other politicians?’

Further explaining, Mr. Tan said: ‘You can start by looking at the Speak Good English campaign. If you will read the most recent English as it is broken column on The Sunday Times, you will note that the programme has undoubtedly stratified the population into a class of atas Standard English speakers and the uneducated Singlish speakers, even if that is not the case in Singapore. And don’t forget all the elitism scandals in 2006, or a MDA spokesperson insulting mrbrown’s family by digging up a wealth of information on him after his column.’

‘With regards to politics, have you noticed that our Government has no qualms talking about the politics of other countries (like our MM, who went to China telling them how to run their country) or how they like to portray Singapore as an ideal state (who once said that a benevolent despotism was the ideal state structure?) by using first-world, European countries and saying how corrupted they were? Also, don’t forget the repeated prosecution of a certain opposition politician, even if he may be wrong or silly in his dealings, and the repeated intimidating challenges to opposition political candidates during the elections. How about ‘fixing the opposition’? I tell you, if it is one thing our Government has which is bigger than every other country’s, it’s ego. They must always be right.’

And when asked if he feared that these statements would draw flak, Mr. Tan scoffed: ‘And what right have THEY to correct me? I am right, you know!’

Sie Sieht Mich Nicht… January 27, 2008

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er hat Stil, ist delikat; bedient sich Gesten so zart
er ist so sehr auch das, was ich nie zu sein vermag
sie sieht mich einfach nicht…
je mehr ich mich ihr nähe, desto ungeschickter bin ich
mein Körper, meine Stimme, mein Gesicht
es gibt Grenzen, die man trotz Millionen von Soldaten wegwischt
aber unsere überwindet man nicht…
…und trotzdem sieht sie mich einfach nicht.

Tales of Mr. Tan VI – The Complain Choir January 27, 2008

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Mr. Tan read recently that the Complain Choir has cancelled all their performances due to governmental pressure and would be giving only private invite-only performances with the entire full choir. The performance was cancelled due to demands of the government to remove all foreigners, because they don’t have a hand in local politics, so to speak.

To which, Mr. Tan mused: It’s not as if Singaporeans have the time to go and watch them, anyway. Everyone is too busy with their everyday lives to go and spend an hour or two listening to the Complain Choir perform about the idiosyncrasies of Singaporean life. The Government needs to preserve its oh-so-precious ego to let them perform something like this, which must be an affront to the obedient flock of sheep they have been so used to. After all, children can’t complain about their parents, who have gradually become less and less responsible for the children but who still feel that the children owe them a huge living, anyway.

Continuing, Mr. Tan noted that the Singaporean authorities have always done this anyway, first approving a performance or display and letting rehearsals go on, before cancelling them last-minute. And the usual culprits are always the police, or the MDA to prevent ‘seditious views, non-conforming ideologies’ and the like. And no, Foreigners Are Not Welcome. Mr. Tan mused if foreigners were only welcome if they brought with them talent in terms of economic advancement, not such talents like in the liberal arts or having a political opinion.

‘What Renaissance can we talk about when we do not have a culture to talk about? What Renaissance can we have when the very elements of our Renaissance, political freedom and a time where people dared to speak up pre-Independence, can we talk about when these very elements were taken away by those who used them to gain power? Singaporeans are responsible for allowing doublethink to control their lives, Singaporeans are responsible for the culture of fear they live in. But it is understandable. No one wants to put their jobs on the line, and those who do are laughed at for being fools. Idealism is ridiculed and pragmatism rules. So is the tyranny of money – you see it when the same party gets voted in time and time again for posting economic gains which don’t filter down to the average Joe.’

‘After all, it is rarely about the truth – it is about what people want to see. Control that, and you control everything. The Government, thus, fears foreigners who have an opinion to express – because they have become so complacent in believing that the average Singaporean will not dare to raise a hand against the country who has spent time and money nurturing them. Which father would expect his children to set themselves against him?’

Keinohrhasen Trailer January 14, 2008

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Nicht verpassen, Penner!

Tales of Mr. Tan V – The American Election January 14, 2008

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Mr. Tan read that most of the Singaporean youth are mostly apathetic towards the elections in America, which could have far-reaching repercussions for the world economy, especially that of Singapore. With that, he mused:

‘Perhaps the youth do not care and are apathetic, but they have been conditioned in an environment not to care about politics. For most, politics is nothing more than something abstract – an election which will be won by the same party time and time again every 5 years, despite policies which do not always satisfy. While American politics may seem very distant and while this may be a valid reason, the bigger reason lies at home. When the youth are not sensitised to politics and are discouraged from developing their own political views (which would be allowed in any democracy,) how can you expect them to want to inform themselves about something which they do not know about and cannot know about?’

When Mr. Tan was reminded that students should inform themselves about American politics because of its potential socio-economic significance for the world and for Singapore, Mr. Tan replied drily: ‘You can’t expect them to inform themselves over this without exposing them to information which will allow them to form their own political views. What’s more, I do not believe it is right to overload the youth by expecting them to inform themselves over everything in the world and sacrifice their youth in the meantime. Leave it to the leaders and the potential leaders in RJC or wherever to do it (*) for whatever purposes they may have.’

NB: (*) The author may be accused of a crutch mentality and of irresponsibility using this sentence. However, it has been chosen with full intention. The author would like to express that this is a viewpoint held by most Singaporeans, that the politicians will determine what is best for them, after all. As for the future leaders in our elite educational instutitions, what do they mainly do it for? For better results in GP and their examinations. As long as they remain disinterested (i.e., having a purely academic view of the issue), they are not going to see the full impact of the elections anyway, and because of politics becoming taboo in Singapore, they will also not be able to understand the full impact of any election – remember, elections are just 5-yearly formalities in Singapore used by the Government to judge its popularity (since it wins again and again.)