Ladies and Gentlemen,
State controlled newspapers in one party dictatorships, like Singapore have a hard time printing real news, and instead comes up with triviality and nonsense, no self respecting country would publish. Take today's Straits Times March 23, 2012 for instance. This is some of the nonsense they have in just one day.
Secondary school teacher by day, MMA fighter by night, http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781177.html. This is a story of some Singapore school teacher who is an martial arts exponent by night. In any other place they would have said, so what?
Singapore expecting 10% more tourists this year, http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781176.html
So is every other place in the world, UK expects 20% more, India expects 40% more and so on. What is the big deal? Why write this nonsense? Why is this important?
$45,000 for this Tibetan mastiff - any takers? http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781205.html
Somebody in Singapore wants to sell a dog for $45,000.00. Why not sell it for $100,000.00? And why is this headline news? Is this a major newspaper or trivia time?
DPM Teo joins 1,000 walkers at Lorong Halus for 1km walk http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781231.html, Why should Lee Kuan Yew minion, DPM Teo walking or running be of interest to anyone, let alone making headlines news in a major newspaper?
F-15SG jets make first appearance in S'pore-Thailand-US exercise http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781236.html. It talks of a Singapore military plane flying with a US and Thai planes in military exercises. Every country holds military exercises. Australia does not put it up as headline news whenever they hold military exercises. This is nonsense.
3 key factors for active ageing identified , http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_781232.html.
This says according to the National University of Singapore, good health for old people requires exercise, having friends and having money. Thanks. As if I did not know!
I can go on but this is the nonsense you get every day in and day out from these state controlled newspapers and what is even worse is the fact that Singapore's Lee ruling family compels you to read this nonsense and you have no choice because independent newspapers are prohibited in his island!
Any surprise why educated Singaporeans are leaving for Australia and Canada in droves. Having to read this nonsense is reason enough to catch the first flight out. Having to read this is worse than pulling teeth.
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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