i tend to reflect back on the last 10 years on what being a Singaporean means...
1. It's that time of the year again, when millions that can be better spend elsewhere ( eg, increasing welfare give outs) is spent on an extravagant show that is simply a repeat for the last 45 years. I no longer watch the National day parade and simply can't be bothered with it.
2. Where in a desperate attempt to bolster national identity, Uni students have to a take a module on nation building ( like it helps).
3. Where we buy talented table tennis player from china and when they win a Olympic silver, heap praises on them and lauded them for being daughters of Singapore with a free parade through orchard road on a topless bus thrown in. It's laughable...
4. When being kicked out of the Malaysian League, we started a S league that today comprises nothing more than a motley crew of boys kicking kumpung football, not forgetting that 2010 should be the year we get into world cup final 32.
Somethings are just not worth the effort. Why bother to foster an artificial and unsustainable facade??
5. Where chicken rice has increase from $1.5-$2 to $3-$3.5 and teh Si has gone up from $0.6 to $1. Doesn't anyone notice that coffee shop are slowly but surely being taken over by large co-operations?
5. Where HDB flats cost 500K in mature estates. With a max of ~2K per couple into the CPF account, it will take ~29 years to pay off the flat. And you have to return the flat after 99 years. Of what use are expensive flats that you cannot sell , since you need a place to stay and which u cannot pass on to future generations? Is that real wealth or is real wealth being sucked from you?
And of what use is statistic being used to compared to other countries about pay to home prices ratio? As we all know, we can find all sorts of statistics to tell whatever story we want.
6. Where government is trying to tell us to have more babies but waiting for a new BTO in sengkang takes u 4 years.
7. Where the CEO of SMRT says there's no problem with the MRT since at 1200 per train, we are not at the crush load of 1600. I've taken the same train to school and work for the past 8 years and i can say THERE IS A PROBLEM when normally recalcitrant Singaporeans have tempers flare due to pushing and shoving, when the normally courteous me finds it all necessary to try to board before everyone alight or else i will be stranded at JE mrt station forever.
And try being held nose to hair with 2 Indian workers.
8. Where doing national service bags u <$100 rebate off your income tax. For 2 years of your youth, where you might possibly get into a freak accident and die and for defending the country for ~25% who are not Singaporeans...I say that's pretty cheap. How i wish i was a Malaysian who comes to singapore to study and work and retire back to JB with 2.4 times purchasing power.
9. Where as a Singaporean, i pay university school fees similar to foreign students who too often comes here totally FREE on some asean, MOE , SIA or whatever scholarship to entice these so call foreign talents to come.
10. Where i feel alienated in my own country when i see Malay and Indian frens who cannot be serviced by china shop assistants who cannot speak a narry of english.
11. Where in the wee morning MRT trains rides, all it takes are 2 china folks to yada-yada and yada to spoil your day.
12. Where funnily, PUB directors and minsters have to come out to apologise for a flood that probably drown only a few mice. We have floods in China and India that kill hundreds if not thousands.
13. Where indigenous Singaporeans have to make so much noise before the government start to take pro-active steps to differentiate benefits and rights between citizens and PRs ( rights like VOTING. Cute. 不讲 还 好 ， 讲 了给人 笑 。)
14. Where we spend 300 million on YOG and you STILL have to give way to YOG vehicles.
15. Where a talented pianist that skipped national service was lauded as a son of Singapore and welcome back with open arms making a total mockery of the judiciary until a straits times editor pointed it out....
16. Where we repeated tried to rub up cosy with china and getting snubbed many many times and still do not learn.
I feel sad that i am a singaporean.