Thursday, October 08, 2009

Big news small news

Singapore is a small country, and pretty well-governed. Well, at least in terms of having rules on what we can do and what we can't do. In the past, there have been cases where overseas personalities have commented that the rules and control here made the country so rigid that it has become devoid of creativity and even life itself. Looking at the often colourful news we hear from other countries in the papers or internet, you'd tend to agree with some of these criticism, though I'm not sure if it's all a bad thing to have more certainty and order in a country. Perhaps it's because I am myself a product of this system.

But certainly, news-worthy material appears hard to come by, so much so that a recent debacle over the "qualifications" (or lack of) of a former Miss World beauty queen actually hogged the local newspapers headlines for not less than a week running.
The long and short of it was - Miss Ris Low was crowned as Miss World Singapore, and was supposed to represent the country in the internation Miss World contest. Obviously, some people weren't too happy with that decision, and made an attempt to bombard her with lots of criticism, mostly centering on her lousy command of the English language. Then to compound matters, they dug up her inglorious history - that she had been convicted of credit card fraud just months before her win in the competition. Next, news spread that she had also cheated on her exams (by bringing her lecture notes into the exam hall).

So much beating and over so small a matter.... In the first place, who gives a hoot about the Miss World competition anyway??? Even the more glamorous Miss Universe Singapore contest is no longer shown on our local TV (lack of interest and thus sponsors, I guess). In cold pragmatic Singapore, we only care about economic progress and distinction and of course, profitability (just like any profit-driven private corporation). Nobody evers thinks much about (the value) of anything outside that realm. Arts and cultural activities are "nice to have", to be promoted only when budget allows - ie. when times are good, and usually are the first thing(s) to be sacrificed in an economic crunch-time. And sports, well, let's just say if the Singapore dollar can't buy us instant success, we're doomed as well.
So where in tiny Singapore is there room (and money!!) left for such thing as a beauty contest? Other countries actually have schools set up to groom potential and aspiring beauty queens! In Singapore, if ever there was such a school, it would surely die a natural death, as most parents would certainly not want their child to enrol in such an institution fearing that it would detract them from the "bright" future as a doctor, lawyer or banker.

It is a sign of how things are in Singapore, when our journalists are busy interviewing an ex-beauty queen and digging out more dirt (from eager informants) to splash on the pages of their papers, all because Singaporeans love to hate a certain Miss Ris Low.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We got lotsa aunties hidden amongst us.

BTW, i was more piffed by Mr. HDB's comment that sg should not be so choosy about their 1st home and should accept the fact that their 1st house is not their dream home.

Woah, garmen earn 2 much that 200K for a house is really peanuts.


4:15 PM  
Blogger 北海道的大黑熊 said...

Isnt is clear that the garmen (at least the top brass who earn millions) have totally lost touch with the ground?

Look at the houses they stay. Look at the cars they drive (i wonder if any of them EVER takes public transport). How can the policies be effective if they're made by people who aren't affected by any of it at all?

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes. totally agree with u!!!

9:14 PM  

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