Sunday, August 06, 2006

IMF, World Bank : Please learn to hear only the GOOD STUFF!!!

Here we are in Singapore trying our utmost to create a positive atmosphere with a 4 million smiles campaign to welcome these delegates from the IMF & World Bank.....and guess what? They are asking us to allow outdoor protests against them!!! As a Singaporean, I'm abhorred by such a request. We as a nation are trying to our utmost to protect the delegates from angry protests and to create a positive atmosphere by putting on our biggest smiles, and these organisations are actually asking us to allow outdoor protests that may create a feeling of despondency and negativity. The PAP is trying to show the World that Singapore is made up of happy people who smile alot.....lets not have outdoor protesters spoil everything.

One activist said, ''The (Singapore) government may permit a selected number of foreigners to march peacefully -- with the required license -- to show-case that there is 'freedom' in Singapore. Controlled and managed, it will boost the image of Singapore". I would like to add that such controlled marches would be acceptable to me too because they are quiet and will not disrupt my shopping trips to Harvey Norman as long as there is not much shouting my thoughts on which 42" Plasma/LCD TV option will not be disrupted.

I personally would like to welcome all the thousands delegates from these 2 prominent organisations, they have been doing a wonderful job, I have a message for them. They should learn from the Singapore PAP govt and only hear the good stuff:

The IMF and World Bank has been totally unsuccessful at tackling the problem of poverty in 3rd World countries. The IMF, in particular, has been instrumental in worsening poverty in many countries, their insistence on imposition of painful austere economic measures is intended more to extract payment for debt rather than put countries on the path of recovery. The 2 organisations have been responsible for the problem of enomous 3rd World debt and corruption in many countries. The money lent out has resulted more in corruption than economic development in many African countries.

In Singapore, the IMF and World Bank should learn from the Singapore govt and bask in the glory of their achievements. The people have to be constantly reminded by the media of that. As for protestors, Singapore disallows protests of more than 4 people, this is a good idea because of safety issues - while countries like Hong Kong allowed thousands of outdoor protestors when they hosted the IMF, Singapore just simply cannot cope even with the SAF because they lack practice in controlling protestors......

6 comments:

Whispers from the heart said...

They are so lucky! Last I heard, Wong Kan Seng even went shopping for some cool stuff to be used on the protestors. Our police is more than capable to handle any violent protests as long as they are not asked to hunt for 2 or 3 escaped convicts on a island off Singapore.

Actually hah,we can do more than smiling like goons lah. IMF is not rich enough to set up media companies like SPH and Mediacock to blow their trumpet.

We,lucky Singaporeans should share our good fortune with them. Let our journalists take a month off from spewing PAP propaganda and write about IMF's good deeds. I am sure 66% of the world's poor population will suddenly realise how lucky they are to have the IMF fighting for their well-being.

Our journalists will also deliver them out of their cynicism and depondency about their poverty and third world situation. With our media's efforts, all these 3rd world countries will feel grateful to IMF for making them world-class poor.

For all these, Singapore can levy a charge from IMF for fixing this little pesky problem of opposition for them. We can also make some money to patch up the big hole burnt by A-star.

Capt_Canuck said...

very nicely written entry, like always. Though, the funniest thing that I read in your entry wasn't from you directly but was from the activist:

One activist said, 'The (Singapore) government may permit a selected number of foreigners to march peacefully -- with the required license -- to show-case that there is 'freedom' in Singapore. Controlled and managed, it will boost the image of Singapore".

I had to read that quote twice to make sure I got it right. 'Allow' protests to show that there is 'freedom'. I always thought that the main key point of freedom was not to have to ask permission to do something, but you could do it because you were free.

I know that over here in Canada if that quote was put into one of our newspapers and Canada was like Singapore (except we could have political cartoons) the one cartoon that would be showing up the next day would be one of 6 or 7 people standing around, looking sort of uncertain, with a charactature of our Prime Minister standing behind them with a copy of "THE LAWS" being held behind his back and a whip in the other hand saying to them "alright...let's have us a mild protest, little shouting, few slogans..and, remember, put your heart into it, cause you are FREE"

Anonymous said...

Acutally, they can use Aug 9 parade as "protest" march which extols the greatness of our leaders.

These "protesters" will solve our problems as they are also noisy & huge except that they are orderly and carry "" rather than criticise

Anonymous said...

Guys, we should be discussing more important issues that address pressing problems like our unemployed elderly population.
(http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/223504/1/.html)

It seems that we have a problem with our priorities, and whenever there's a problem here, there's always a distraction there.

Anonymous said...

This thread of discussion is bordering into negative territory. It is unconstructive and should be curbed - otherwide we risk losing some smiles short of the 4 million target come Sep. And that is NOT acceptable. SMILE folks - remember, we're a lucky bunch! :)

Jin Qing Pan said...

"such controlled marches would be acceptable...and will not disrupt my shopping trips to Harvey Norman as long as there is not much shouting my thoughts on which 42" Plasma/LCD TV option will not be disrupted."

That statement pretty much sums up what Singapore is all about, don't it? One smug communist state disguised with consumerism and bourgeois suppression. I guess this works well for you, wearing a mask. Thankfully, not everyone in this country is as naive and blinded with money as you. Oh, and where do you go off dogmatizing on neighboring countries? Fear is what lies in the hearts of the Singaporean--fear instilled from the very beginning by its founders.