amateur_photographer, you know what? you remind me of the time when my friends and i started the PhotoAid campaign here on CS. here we were trying to group willing volunteers to contribute some little available effort to raise funds and i receive the following private message
''I will say it AGAIN: if you want to help, donate money! If not donate your time to the right organization.''
i kept this pm till today, as a reminder that when people have the will to make things work, we can, even though there are skeptics around who sit and do nothing but complain.
i do not know since when did people develop this unreasonable thinking that no good can come out of grassroot, we should just keep to the norm, and listen to established ideals and ideas. this is what is keeping Singaporeans from moving forward.
Last edited by eikin; 21st January 2007 at 03:43 PM.
Actually there is a case.
It may not have been eloquently put across here but still, that does not mean that it is not true.
And 2˝ years of NS + 10 to 20 years of reservist, plus ICTs/IPPTs/RTs/BCTCs take their toll on citizens.
Here in Sing, we have young and able bodied male foreigners who live off our state, its security, comfort, fairmindedness, employment + business opportunities..... without having done any of the obligations mentioned before.
And worse... they often try to boss and push local Sing citizens around and thumb us down.
Let us not pretend that such injustice and behavior does not hurt.
So it will come to a point where the threshold of pain is crossed and Sing citizens are FED UP.
If you look at other countries, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, even Japan protect their citizens' rights and standing in the country very well.
We do not.
It may take a catastrophic loss at the elections to change this.
In China, when the market was opening up, they employed lots of FTs, they made them teach and if they wouldnt teach, they stole the knowledge. When they are done with them, they send them back to their country where they came from. Here we have FTs lording over us like our ex colonial masters and we have to serve them like servants. To add salt to the injury we have locals that keep belittling their own country man and want to suck up and defend FTs... my goodness if I had my way, I would propose you all go to their countries since you like them so much.
I presume you are in the advertising industry.
Let me ask you.
Who are the pioneers for our creative ad industry?
Ian Batey who crafted the Singapore Girl for SIA.
Jim Aitchson and Neil French who had trained our locals to become better admans, to bring our creativity to the global standards.
Let's face it.... ang mohs are more creative...
If not, our ads won't be looking exactly the same style as the western countries.
Unlike the thais and the japs.
However do we need to be forever under that shadow? Do we really have no backbone that we cannot stand up for ourselves? Or are we as what the British said at the height of their colonial might. "We are doing God's duty as an civilised and advanced nation to bring order and peace to these poor savages who without our guidance will degenerate into total depravity"
If your theory is correct then yes Singaporeans are idiots, dumb, not creative and we need our "kind" ang moh creatives to show us the way.....
Again, its the same mentality of da boss.
He don't give, where got ppl wanna work. Then think FTs are good, pay high high, leave more more, in the end, they also come here talk talk act act, get money, a few years, say bye bye.
Guessed who are the ones really working hard.
Locals? Fight for rights. Boss tell you "You are lucky I give you a job, if not you will be jobless, what? higher pay? Next year I promise to see how after review. What? Work OT? Hiya... help out help out mah.... You know the FT, his contract say no work on Weekends.. you and me brother brother Singaporean you will help right??"
End of the day who works more for less?? You see for yourself.
Look at the number of awards given to our ad agencies.
Look at the names of the art directors and copywriters.
See how many foreign names appearing compare to locals.
Of coz, i dun wish to see we are always followers...but then again, in this industry, clients trusted the ang mohs more than the locals.
How many local agencies creativity are on par with the global agencies?
10am and Kinetic.
Only 2 of them which i considered the best....
Isn't that pathetic?
If you can name any 5....do let me know.
The rest of the local agencies doesn't come close.....when comes to creativity standards.
Although i would like to support the locals.....unfortunately, results speaks more clearly than anything else.
Emm you cannot compare like that one leh. Too complex to go into details.
Say for MNC, the heads are mostly FTs. Then the designers (Mixed of locals and FTs), brainstormed, conceptualized, do it. Trial, edit. Made it.
Won the award, but then the MASTER will be that particular high official head. Yes it is a team effort, but the representing head will be the Ang Mo heading the team. (Since all the team heads by an Ang Mo).
Therefore, this statistic cannot be used to represent the creativeness of locals vs FTs.
Hmmm...you do have a valid point.
but like i said earlier....how many local agencies are on par with global agencies?
I wish there are more...but unfortunately, it is not that i wanna condemn local agencies.....itz a proven fact that most of them really cannot make it.
Well, how to promote creativity when you are busy trying to get food on the table? An expats with 5 digits salary juz need to get creative. They don't try to think of how to get the moola for tonight's dinner.