Saturday, December 10, 2005

How apathetic are Singaporeans?

I found this letter in the the Straits Times forum:
"How apathetic can S'poreans be?"

I've said many times that apathy is a trait which has been painstakingly cultivated by the Singapore govt. All this is done for the good of Singaporeans. The opposite of apathy is "activism". Activism is strongly discouraged because it harms the Singapore govt's reputation. Over the years we, Singaporeans, have been conditioned to "do nothing except mind your own business". I remember prior to the Iraq war people from every single country held mass protests against the US except in Singapore - Singaporeans are smart, why bother to speak up against something that cannot be changed, its a waste of time and energy. Why get your hands dirty if you're getting nothing in return?

Anyway, I like the way the forum letter ends ....."We are lucky that Singapore is not buffeted by hurricanes and tsunamis", ....yes Singaporeans are so lucky!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

woohoo i love being apathetic!

aNOn said...

Ya lor, who cares. I'm waiting for the post-X'mas sales - always got good bargains one.

Ereserves said...

sigh... singaporeans are so apathetic, but this lady of non-elite class wrote in to the papers to address a grave issue!!! she must be really noble. But what exactly is this grave issue as i read on, i realise that it is this: a tree falls on a lady's poor head and people pretend not to see!!!! why, of course this is a global issue of concern. i am not surprised the entire article is devoted to highlighting the degree of the apathy singaporeans had when they see a tree falling on top of a woman's head. we know that apathy pertains to issues of utmost importance, and the aforementioned event involved a fallen tree and a lady and singaporeans. we must conclude that the significance of this event and the reactions that came with is of great national importance........

Anonymous said...

wrong.

currenty most important issue in singapore is who will be voted best blog - xiaxue or mr miyagi?

tree falling on woman's head comes in 2nd.

ereserves said...

anonymous............. you are one of the citizens singapore can do without.............. how can you say the internet world is more important than real-life singaporean events???!!!! gahmen will be very hurt!!!!! obviously what is in the papers is the mouthpiece of our esteemed gahmen and their superior forethought so anything that is in there is more important!!!!!

Anonymous said...

maybe those pple she saw are FT leh? don't forget 1 out of 4 people around are foreigners leh...

and surely she can't blame it all on singaporeans...they could be in a hurry to do their shopping

Anonymous said...

Ehh... the author of this blog from PAP? lol..
SSSooooooooooOOOO PATRIOTIC

LuckySingaporean said...

anon,

Although I'm not from the PAP, I'm a strong supporter of their views and ideas. In particular, that of LKY.

killiney kopitiam said...

good for you, mr. lucky tan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am also a fervant supporter of the PAP and their ideologies. my family and i often reflect over at the dinnertable and ponder upon the greatness which encompass many of the ideas.

Anonymous said...

well i think we cannot just use one incident pass a sweeping statement that singaporean are so apathetic .. i personally have experience the kindness of many singaporean not once but twice before in public.. why not be the first one to offer others the helping hand?

-_- said...

Apathy is a value upheld in Singapore. So prized by the gahmen cos it means they can do whatever they like without drawing contest. It is not a stand-alone case. I was heading to sch one morning when a woman fainted and everyone just stared. I was the one who approached her first and that says alot considering I am rushing to school and supposedly having OTHER BETTER STUFF TO DO.
Oh well, apathy is the stay safe route.