The way some of you people think, it reminds me of what I read in history books of how the slave traders and masters of that era see immigrants as an inferior species.
Since when did any of you become superior to immigrants who are fellow citizens, that you can place judgement on them?
Table Tennis Team Finals Results
Gold - China
Silver - China
when the Chinese were cheering for China, they knew full & well that all the paddlers on both sides were China born. as for Sg taking the Silver Medal, their take on that is that the paddlers were in essence- of Chinese origins. not their parents or grandparents, but they themselves.
the same can be said of locals who migrated. local papers do point to the fact that those who 'made it' overseas were Singaporeans b4 becoming a citizen in the foreign country. that is the double standard.
First of all, let us not demean the efforts of the Singapore team, they have put in long hours and great sacrifices in reaching this level. People may say they are after monetary gains, but which jobs aren't?
But let us not mix up this issue with migrant workers and professionals (ancient or recent). These workers and professionals are here to push the economy, let us not be so arrogant and naive to think that only Singapore born citizens are capable of holding the highest professional posts.
However, in the spirit of sporting. I cannot see the value of sending foreign born people to represent the country. Sure, its the Olympics, may the best representative from a country win, not the country who best managed to recruit an overseas talent.
It is not really fair to speak of economy and sportsmanship in the same breath. Do we really need to win medals to survive or have a higher standard of living?
Please don't view me as xenophobic or racist, I am questioning our sporting spirit. I do not see these foreign sportspeople as inferior, in fact, they are much superior than what our locals can hope to be.
I do not begrudge the presence of imported sportspeople, however, I feel that the policies have handed them the wrong role. They could be employed to be trainers, sparring partners of the local born athletes; realistically speaking, our local-born atheletes might not match up to these imports, but I think sportmanship means we should send our 'second-rate locals' rather than the 'first-rate imports' as representatives.
Let us cheer the 'imports' for their achievements that we have set them out to chase, but let us also take a moment to question our policies of winning in such a manner.
Last edited by ahbian; 18th August 2008 at 08:42 PM.
The moment you think of them as citizens, it does not matter anymore.
Last edited by ahbian; 18th August 2008 at 09:07 PM.
But not in the spirit of sporting competitions, where we are suppose to send the best we can offer, not the best we can scout.
I guess we stand on opposite sides on this issue. And I doubt either of us will be swayed nor should be.
Thanks for the civil discussion, I think I would be repeating myself should I post anymore.
i think the word 'discrimination' should not be used too liberally & out of context.
i see Singapore's flag hoisted up during the award ceremony, i see a Silver Medal in Singapore's name, but i also see foreign brawn hired to achieve our aim- a contract for service of sorts.
how many different ways must i say it?
Its okay lah, better not say, after he say we focus on negatives and not positives. The other way to say it is he prefers to see the world through rose tinted glasses.
There's always a different point of view all the time. Why do we need to "have a problem" with another person here on the forum? Some subtle challenge at work?
ok, that is enough
enough whining and complaining like ....