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I am Singaporean XVIII – 2nd Class Citizenship June 30, 2009

Posted by The Truth in I am Singaporean, Vol. II.

So lately there’s been quite some talk about Singaporeans being 2nd class citizens, like getting preferential H1N1 scans whereas locals have to pay $214 or something like that for a H1N1 checkup, cursing the day you were born a Singaporean, and so on.  Actually it’s no secret that Singaporean citizens are 2nd class citizens.  My dad has something against me wanting to live overseas, since he says that you are effectively a second-class citizen in other countries.

Well, yes.  But it’s worse to be a second-class citizen in your own country.

So who are the 1st class citizens?  Ang mohs lor.  Politicians too.  I mean, they can give themselves every privilege and determine the lives of the ordinary person per decree.  As for ang mohs, Gahmen treats them like kings what.  They don’t have to do NS, and are much-vaunted for their “creativity.” Gahmen always likes to go tour Asia too and invite students from overseas to come and study at our own universities at the expense of our own students too what.  And then they can’t do much when they can’t keep these “talents,” so they must fill in the gaps with more “talent.”

When a local could have done it just as well, if not better.

Of course, foreigners are important.  The world is no longer a multitude of closed societies.  We have no more Greeks against Persians.  Globalisation naturally means that something will have to be lost, but how the Gahmen does it is probably not the right way, although a lightning-wielding octogenarian would tell you otherwise.  PROGRESS OR ELSE, he says, and to remain viable, MNCs have constantly been invited to come over and set up shop in Singapore.  Academics are invited to teach at our universities, and foreigners are hired to do the work none of us will do.  Think construction workers and maids.

But one wonders if we brought this 2nd class citizenship upon ourselves.  We live in comparative safety where we don’t have to deal with gangstas and fights on the streets.  Singaporean tourists who go overseas compare everything with Singapore, and some want to go back because Singapore is so much safer, etc.  They WANT their second-class citizenship, and for that, they get efficiency and safety.  Because Big Brother thinks for you, you don’t have to think for yourself.  Isn’t that a much easier way of doing things?

In other words, we are actually very satisfied with being second-class citizens!  It’s just that we see others getting better treatment, which makes us very jealous.  Why must i go for reservist?  Why am i replaceable with an Ah Tiong?  Why can’t i draw out my CPF? yadda, yadda.  But no matter how much the average Singaporean bitches and complains, it’s not like they are going to leave to a place which may treat them better.  Why not go to Malaysia?  Or go to China?

“But my friends and family are here.  And its so unsafe/too much bureaucracy/racist/(insert reason here) in China/Europe/USA/Australia/(insert place here.)”

So they would rather remain 2nd class citizens rather than go to a place which may not be far, and is very affordable if they are willing to work.  But people like safety and they don’t like overstepping their borders – it is a fact of human life that who dares, wins.  But the Gahmen has made us quit daring.  They show us that this and that can go wrong, and Singapore is just about the safest place you’ll be, as long as you allow yourself to be ruled.  The enlightened dictator knows what’s good for you, so shut up and listen.  Stop bitching and work.  Stop bitching and go for reservist.  Stop bitching and have more kids.  Stop bitching and welcome those foreigners with open arms.  We accept, although we bitch and bitch, forgetting that the enlightened dictator is still a dictator.

Angry at being a second-class citizen?  No, you want it.



1. The Singapore Daily » Blog Archive » Daily SG: 1 Jul 2009 - July 1, 2009

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2. twasher - July 1, 2009

When I try to point out to people here the discriminatory practices against citizens, I am frequently told that I ‘complain too much’. These are the people who want to be treated like slaves.

3. wmk - July 1, 2009

I guess there are these problems in every country. It’s rather easy to critique and complain but what is tougher is to actually do something about it.

The Truth - July 1, 2009

Yah, of course it’s tougher to actually do something. The thing is that somehow people are so apathetic or are too busy chasing something else that they have forgotten about this aspect of things.

Or they complain but they are willing to take up responsibility…

4. Seelan Palay - July 2, 2009

I enjoyed reading this, here are 2 articles I’d like to share with you too:

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6. Singapore Democrats - July 6, 2009

Thank you for the insightful blogpost. The Singapore Democrats have featured your post in our blogs of the week section – http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/blogs-of-the-week

More about our “Blogs of the week” section – http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/2212-blogs-of-the-week

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