I have a terrible assignment that puts me overseas for 2 months. I have a few more weeks to go. Even from my hotel room 1000 miles from Singapore, I can smell the elections coming. With all the cookie cutter type new candidates put up by the PAP, one can be sure the elections will not be an exciting one. In particular, I like the candidate who said his greatest disappointment in life is "not making it to medical school in NUS"so he had to get an EDB scholarship instead. ..... oh ...so disappointing, I'm sure he is the type who will empathize with those who lost their low paying jobs and have their electricity cut off by Singapore Power.
I really miss the Straits Times, the hotel supply me with this mentally heavy analytical pink colored news papers called the Financial Times. ....it is nowhere near the standard of the Straits Times....it just doesn't explain things as clearly as Straits Times. I now have to rely on the web for news about Singapore. I came across this interesting news about our esteemed PM Lee, who had an open, frank & sincere dialogue with ordinary Singaporeans on MediaCorp's Channel 8. Interestingly, the other side of the dialogue is led by Singapore's most famous comedian - Jack Neo who is a National Day Award winner....who else but Jack Neo best represents the man on the street other than the man on the street?! Jack is an expert at turning our pain into comedy and turning comedy into money, he is not doing too badly these days.....living in a private landed property, his first question to our PM was "why money no enough?". ...to which our esteem PM Lee answered "money no enough" is due to Singaporeans spending too much on luxury goods - for example handphones!! Wow, ...see how well our PM understands the problems that plague our society, especially the cause of poverty - the cause of poverty is the result of Singaporeans' desire for luxury goods.......now I realise how incorrect my thoughts were, I used to think that poverty is caused by joblessness, debt, income gap and rising cost....after reading what our PM said, I now have a better understanding of the causes of poverty in Singapore.
Hope to be back in Singapore soon. Really can't stand the country I'm in. The other day while walking on the street, a young feller dressed up as a tree stopped me and gave me a pamplet saying the earth is in clear and present danger of global warming and green house gas emissions will eventually destroy us. I told him frankly if what he said is true, the govt would have a campaign to warn us and the govt will do something about it...... and there is no need for him to dress up as a tree and go round distributing pamplets. He replied in 'not so courteous' tone, that his govt is colluding with big powerful energy companies and not acting in the interest of the 'people'. I told him to have more trust in his govt. My guess is his govt is not as good as our Singapore govt that always acts in the eventual interest of Singaporeans.
Hope I can finish up and be back by 1 May 2006, ....go to the ATM and withdraw my progress package, go to Sim Lim to buy a digital camera. Life is so sweet for lucky Singaporeans....