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December 05, 2005

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gonzo

It's amazing to me how cold-blooded certain cultures can be. Singapore's robot-like efficiency carries on into their legal system (incl. capital punishment-- truly ruthlessly efficient). I wonder what % of the population supported the van tuong nguyen execution. But then i suppose that would be impossible to know. All our fears of Big Brother totalitarianism have been realised in the lion city. Everybody tow the line, everybody happy.

torn

Exactly. I don't know whether Andre Gide ever visited Singapore, but he would recognize it if he did: "If the mind is obliged to obey the word of command, it can at least feel that it is not free. But if it has been so manipulated beforehand that it obeys without even waiting for the word of command, it loses even the consciousness of enslavement." That's just such a perfect description of the place.

gonzo

Here's something someone posted on the 'Walk this Way' blog, what do you reckon?:

"It is not without reason that LeeKuanYew insisted that the chinese maintain a numerical majority over the malays and indians because he knew, as it has been for 2000 years, that the chinese are well-trained in turning a blind eye to anything the government does. They don't question evils. They just question how they can negotiate through them - even if this means stepping on everyone else.

The chinese culture trains people into being like the proverbial 3 monkeys. That is why LKY and son brought back the chinese culture in full force, started the chinese elite schools, the speak mandarin campaign, instituted higher chinese, forbade them from substituting other languages for 'their own', allowed a few dedicated chinese channels on tv, allows the chinese to discriminate against all races as and when they please in the job market whilst saying that it is none of their business, saturating the population with china citizens and inviting many of them to become singapore citizens, etc, etc, etc. This way, all potentially influential and 'troublesome' 'races' would be gradually pushed to the underclass or leave the country so that the current emperor Lee Hsien Loong can rule and pass on the reins to the herd to the next and next and next for the next 2000 years.

These things escapes the world's attention while the world is unaware that the basis for such nonsense is chinese culture. Of course, atrocities take place in other non-chinese cultures, but all that shows is that atrocities have a few cultural bases - one of which is the mentioned culture. That is why a Chinese Humanitarian is an oxymoron. Chinese civilisation would not have survived intact and unchanging for 2000 years or so if the emperors had not been successful in instituting a culture of apathy and intellectual and humanitarian docility and myopia. That is why 2000 years later, this poor mate of ours was led to his death while these people just stuffed their faces with fishballs and noodles at their local cafes. The chinese becomes human the less chinese he becomes.

For the chinese whatever the emperor says is 'justice'. Don't forget, he's the 'Son of Heaven'. Any chinese emperor worthy of the throne is deemed worthy if he can keep it through any means, even if it means killing millions. Read your history book and you'll see that the above is ALL true."

torn

Interesting. It's quite a broad brush (I think "Chinese culture" is more multifaceted than this makes out), but I don't think it can be denied that there is a lot of truth in it. The amazing thing is that LKY has managed to make many Indians and Singaporeans of other races "Chinese" in their values. The Malays have been harder work though...

I liked this:

This way, all potentially influential and 'troublesome' 'races' would be gradually pushed to the underclass or leave the country so that the current emperor Lee Hsien Loong can rule and pass on the reins to the herd to the next and next and next for the next 2000 years.

Ha, ha.

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