Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Living your Singaporean Dream.....

"They are going to tear down all these old HDB flats to build Elite Towers...."
- From the movie Singapore Dreaming....
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I was sent for an assignment to a country without Internet access and couldn't update my blog for a week. I came back yesterday ....on the flight managed to catch this movie called Singapore Dreaming. It is directed the famous plastic surgeon Woffles Wu and the story written by Colin Goh (of talkingcock.com):
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Being overseas for a week gave me plenty of time to dream about Singapore. I and a bunch of other Singaporeans were showing withdrawal symptoms from the lack of Straits Times but Singapore Airlines only had enough copies of this highly treasured reading material for the people in first class, I had to settle for less worthy alternatives such as Herald Tribune & The Wall Street Journal. Thank goodness my mom preserve the whole week worth. I went through the whole pile and after assimilating the good news about the IR, GDP and virtues of GST increases, my faith in our elite leaders was renewed and rejuvenated. I really wonder how I ever survive one week in a country without the benefit of PAP leadership.......?
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I've been giving alot of thought about the Singaporean Dream, I think there are actually 2 versions of the dream :
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Ordinary Singaporean : Dreams of affordable medical care driven by fears that "better die than to get sick in Singapore".
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Elite Leaders : Dreams of a medical hub that charges premium for medical services and attracting the rich people from the region.
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Ordinary Singaporean: Dreams of having a good stable job until retirement.
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Elite Leaders: Dreams of a workforce that is willing to work until age 80 a low wage so they give our corporations record profits and cost the govt nothing because they never retire.
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Ordinary Singaporean: Dreams of equal opportunities for their children in life.
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Elite Leaders : Dreams of grooming their children to form the next generation of elites.
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Ordinary Singaporeans: Dreams of a comfortable life for themselves and their families.
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Elite Leaders: Dreams of a globalised city with an increasingly competitive workforce to achieve the highest level of profits for our GLCs and TLCs.
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Singaporeans are lucky to have leaders who are visionaries whose dreams power this nation ahead a path of neverending progress. Without such visionaries as leaders we will be lost and hapless as a people.

7 comments:

Capt_Canuck said...

I saw that movie when I was in Singapore last time. Was quite interesting and amusing. They were looking for a condo and were saying they could never afford such high luxury, where here in Canada, the condo they were looking at was a starter condo that a young couple of mid twenties buys before upgrading to a house in 10 years or so.

That whole movie was hilarious, and from what I understand, pretty dead on about all the little problems there in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

the elites have only 0.5% heart for the common people. they feel that they can't survive by 99.5% of their total wealth but the commoners are expected to surivive by scraps that fall off their golden table-top.

Anonymous said...

Dual dream mode for dual economy?

It won't be long when ordinary folks will just dream of dying cheaply ...

Anonymous said...

Was talking to a few of my friends recently. Every one seems to be making plans for the future - outside of Singapore. Even though they all have good jobs here. What one of them said really stuck in my mind. He said that our leaders' seem to be making a lot of plans for Singapore. But they do not include the ordinary people. This coming from a university graduate having a very comfortable job with a GLC. The more I look around, the more it seems to be true. Will have to make similar plans too.

freemason said...

dont underestimate the power of dreams... why, all the Elites dreams are coming true, arent they ?

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