Ladies and Gentlemen,
Two days ago the state owned and controlled Singapore newspaper reported Singapore's ruler Lee Kuan Yew stressing the importance of bilingualism. You correctly guessed that when he said bilingualism, he meant Chinese and English; not Tamil and English or Malay. As far as the Singapore supremo is concerned, he has no intention of even thinking about you Malays and Indians.
Although this is no doubt outright racial discrimination, it all happened with Lee Kuan Yew realising, albeit mistakenly that Malays and Indians are by nature, not so compliant as the Chinese Confucianists whose characteristic, he wrongly believed, was the ability to kowtow to authority; in Singapore's case to kowtow to Lee Kuan Yew.
But truly, his view of the Chinese was wrong as Hong Kong has shown. Even though ethnic Chinese, Hong Kong citizens have bravely stood their ground with massive public demonstrations whenever the Communist Chinese tried to erode their rights they were accustomed to under the British.
In Singapore today, every government department, every private organization either openly, with job ads requiring knowledge of Mandarin, or subtly, slowly but surely have marginalized the Malay and Indian community. Today in Singapore regardless of how qualified you are, a Malay or Indian continues one rung below the dominant Lee Kuan Yew favoured Chinese race.
But the Chinese educated too are unhappy with these racially discriminatory policies and for numerous other reasons including the lack of human rights, the vast majority have simply emigrated and left the island, principally to Australia or Canada.
At the same time, the reproductive rate among the Chinese being particularly low which results in the Chinese population actually shrinking. At the same time, the educated Indians and Malays are emigrating as well, finding it unacceptable to accept the blatant bald discrimination.
The end result of this dissatisfaction among the educated Chinese, the Malays and Indians coupled with the dearth in childbirth, is that there are simply not enough skilled people to do the jobs, leaving the government no other choice but to bring in foreigners to fill the vacuum.
In the past, to keep the Singapore population principally Chinese, Lee Kuan Yew relied on massive immigration of Malaysian Chinese. But just as any finite source, this supply of Chinese Malaysians has also bottomed out, one because all the Chinese there wanting to leave have already left, and secondly, the Malaysian Chinese themselves consider coming to Singapore an equally disastrous decision, as if they were jumping from the frying pan into the fire; or from one dictatorship to another.
Which therefore leaves Lee Kuan Yew no choice but to turn exclusively to one country alone where immigrants can still be attracted, Communist China. Problem here of course is they know no English.
Today you see the irritation, annoyance and desperation in the Malays and Indians having to deal everday with these imported mainland Chinese. The moment they come in, they are given immediate citizenship. You find them in the entire spectrum of employment, from dishwashers in the food stalls, to prostitutes in Geylang the red light district to doctors in hospitals. And all of them cannot speak a word of English, let alone Malay or Tamil.
Today the Malay steps into a bus, finding the bus driver a Communist Chinese import, who speaks no English at all. The Malay is unable to get any advice whether the bus goes to Nee Soon Garrison. All he gets from him is a blank stare. And what good is that, you tell me that.
The Indian goes into the hospital with an appendicitis case. He is confronted with a Chinese doctor who speaks no English. What satisfaction does the Indian get for being a citizen of Singapore, in a Singapore hospital.
Another Indian boards the bus stop at Tekka wanting to go to Woodlands. He asks the Chinese from China bus driver with no English whatsoever, whether it goes there. The driver nods either deliberately or by mistake, not knowing a word the Indian spoke. Finally the Indian ends up, instead of Woodlands but at Changi Cargo Complex! Naturally he gets upset and confronts the bus driver, who in turn yells at the Indian Mandarin vulgarities. The Indian too gets upset at the way the Chinese man is behaving. Having only recently downed a good measure of Scotch at Tekka, he decided to give the China man a broken nose, and ends up in Court 26, Subordinate Court on charges of assault and battery. This is a true story by the way. Nothing like this would have happened if the bus driver knew some English like a good bus driver should in Singapore.
But I am sure you see my point. Singapore was never meant to be a Chinese speaking city. It was supposed to be an English speaking place with the Chinese Indians and Malays speaking their languages at home, not in public, which should not be done.
And this situation of Malays and Indians becoming completely lost in their own country is getting worse, as Lee Kuan Yew the Singapore bully has wowed to flood the island with Mandarin speaking ethnic Chinese, from every job you can imagine from shoe shine boys to bank managers. So unless the Malays and Indians go out now and enroll themselves in crash courses like "Mandarin in 48 hours", they are going to be left completely high and dry.
Personally, although I find the study of languages a useful endeavour, the study of Mandarin is not at the top of my list. If I had to chose, I would say French is particularly fascinating and secondly Arabic.
And Mandarin may even have a deleterious effect on your other languages as shown by the fact that Chinese have a great difficulty in pronunciation, eg. saying "fried rice" only being able to manage "flied lice" or "Lichard" instead of "Richard". I understand is has something to do with being able to twist your tongue.
The best joke on this went something like this. American goes to Chinese eye doctor. Chinese doctor tells him he has a "cataract". The American tells him that that is not the case. He says he drives a Lincoln Continental. The Chinese doctor could only manage to say "Cadillac" for "cataract"!
Something particularly hilarious the last time I was in Singapore in 2008, at Kopitiam, Killiney Road, the Chinese coffee shop which was not far from my house in Singapore as a child, I asked the Chinese waiter what he had. He said "gla jelly". No matter how much I tried, I simply could not know what he meant, when on checking the menu, I realised it was "Grass Jelly".
Without proper ease of communication among the races in Singapore, it is not advancing but is sliding backwards. The Malays and Indians should realise they have no place in a declining Chinese Singapore and simply get out. In any case, it is simply a boring place with these mainland Chinese instant citizens with their communist one track brainwashed minds.
Lee Kuan Yew's aspirations for his Singapore is to be no more than a satellite Chinese city which services the Peoples Republic of China, nothing more than that. All the good thinking people have left and all you have left behind are either the department store yes sir dummies, the sycophants or the Chinese human imports.
Not a fantastic place by any reckoning.
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