Ladies and Gentlemen,
The state controlled Singapore newspaper (all of them are state controlled)the Straits Times online edition of Aug 3, 2009 has this article "Lure of foreign degrees. More apply to varsities in the US, Australia and Britain despite recession".
The article is about a civil servant mother and her businessman husband sending their daughter 19, to Boston University to read English Literature. They have another daughter 16, who I suppose will wait her turn to leave Singapore. There is a nice picture of the family.
The article states the reason for her going abroad instead of the state controlled Singapore University (everything is state controlled in Singapore)is for greater exposure to the outside world. This is correct but I reckon only one of the reasons why this young woman is going away. All the other reasons are conveniently not stated, as this may not only hurt but heighten the number leaving Singapore.
I tell you what it is. This family, like the thousands upon thousands of families in Lee Kuan Yew's fear ridden island want their precious daughter to grow up and educated as a normal human being, with her normal human faculties intact, not the robot that Lee Kuan Yew's education system churns out. Second, with the CPF system already bankrupt and soon to see the entire system kaput, they feel at least their daughter should be given an even chance to succeed in life outside the prison island. And third, with this daughter out there in the free world, this would help in the re-location of the entire family to the United States, since once she becomes a citizen, she will be able to get her parents to re-locate followed by her younger sister.
And I tell you one thing more. The girl is good looking, and intelligent which means that any American young man would be quite ready to marry her.
With that I end with Adios Singapore, Adios Lee Kuan Yew, you bully. One more educated family out of Singapore. I can take a bet on this. She will not return to Singapore, ever. Which reminds me of what Goh Chock Tong had admitted only 2 weeks ago speaking to a school audience, that 2 out of 3 students who go abroad never return. From the looks of it, it is more like none return. Thanks for reading.
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