Monday, 9 August 2010

Things I just found out about Singapore

I am not working today, it’s a public holiday here. The occasion…the Singapore National Day.

I didn’t know Singapore National Day is different from Malaysia’s. Did you?

I have always thought the Singapore’s president is a Chinese, because ya’ know, it’s a racist country… but it’s an Indian.

The national anthem of Singapore, is in Malay. Some of my friend’s say that’s the only Malay they can speak. But national anthem in Malay? Ok lah, not so surprising…

Watching the national parade (while blogging), I noticed the slogan above where all the VIPs sat showed… “Majulah Singapura”… interesting…

When the parade commander gave his command to the contingent… I thought he was going to shout “Attention!”. But instead, he shouted… “BARIS… BARIS SETIA!”… This apparently country conducts the national parade in Malay.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade are in the marching contingent here. They used to be in the Malaysia national day parade too, but these Christian based uniformed organisations have since been removed from harmonious 1Malaysia national day parade.

I asked someone, a Singaporean… “National Day… independence from who?”
“From you guys la…”
I guess he meant Malaysia.
“Haha… you guys are damn proud right?”
“Of course! Otherwise, we will all end up like you”


Don’t know whether I should be sad or laugh at that statement. But I suppose he has a point. It’s ok lah, like so many anonymous fellas who commented… Malaysia is so much better than Singapore because Singaporean drinks processed pee water.


1 year ago…
Story from Jane

2 years ago…
It was just an ordinary day

3 years ago…
Henry Suckers and the 4 schools of magicWhat’s with the name?

40 comments:

day-dreamer said...

I think the Malay thingy is because they were once part of Malaya? Hmm...

But I do know that their president is an Indian. Haha :P

InjusticeSistem said...

Im so disapointed at you...after da last few anon comments, i would expect a little more punch from your new post...alas only got sting ...
You stl hv phobia of ISA even after u've left? da scar so deep eh....

Anonymous said...

Strange you would be gloating, considering our 'pee water' is CLEANER than your water! The joke's on you my friend!

-Anonymous Singaporean
(don't you love the internet?)

doc said...

s'pore has had 6 presidents, including current one; malay, eurasian, indian, chinese, chinese & indian, in that order.

so, how come they didn't think of using 1singapore?

maybe it's because the role of the president is largely ceremonial. the 3 PMs still run the country & so far, it's chinese, chinese & chinese, & the trend will remain so in the foreseeable future.

but we should not look along racial lines. s'pore is a resilient, successful, progressive, peaceful & harmonious society by any measure, & that says a lot about the leaders, irrespective of their ancestry.

Jin said...

hey, I also experienced the same thing when i 1st came to SG from M'sia. im a student in college btw.

It was odd. thought most of the stuff would be like in english.

the only thing i missed from M'sia was the number of public hols XD

MKL said...

Well, the current president is Indian, right. The anthem is Malays, right. But that's the image Singapore wants to portray, truth is PAP is running Singapore like a business since 60 years ago, it's a monarchy and the king is usually a Lee. I lived in both Singapore and Malaysia and I liked living in Malaysia more. Sure, I'm not a local, so I'll never really feel what it means to be Singaporean in Singapore and Malaysian in Malaysia. I think both countries need to change their political systems, but they won't. I see gloomy days ahead in that regard. But at least I'll return for the yummy food and friendly people :)

jemima said...

The Singapore National Pledge was originally in Malay.

Kami, warganegara Singapura,
sebagai rakyat yang bersatu padu,
tidak kira apa bangsa, bahasa, atau agama,
berikrar untuk membina suatu masyarakat yang berdemokratik,
berdasarkan kepada keadilan dan persamaan
untuk mencapai kebahagiaan,
kemakmuran dan kemajuan bagi negara kami.

Reply to Doc: They did use One Singapore. Check out this link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piF_2PQSkBM

fufu said...

hehehe nice post!!! well NEWater is very good, i did a small research couple of months ago :) anyway never convert your nationality ok? or you will regret!!

Zuraida said...

hahahahh...processed pee water? I'll remind myself to get bottled mineral water next time I go to SG. *grin*

Terra Shield said...

Thanks for the trivia, Zewt... The Singaporean's comment is funny. I LOL'd too :)

eiling lim said...

I like how they fought for independence from M"sia. Smart move! I rather drink processed pee water than has those corrupted govt officials peeing on us!

missironic said...

something out of the topic, well sort of.. but is within my curiosity... is "Baris, Sedia", right? Hahaha.. :P

Neway, yeah.. it amazed me too that BM still plays a part in their formal events.. and gained independence frm us, ya? Well, couldn't disagree on that.. hahaha... after all, they did prosper after that.. ;)

Pinknpurplelizard said...

I don't find that surprising at all.

To me, Singaporeans are nationalists rather than racist. To them, only certain countries like the USA deserve to be and must be respected/admired whereas others are put into obscure categories to be disregarded.

Singapore was never on my list of places to live or work. Surprisingly, I had Cuba and South America on my list but never Singapore. 'tis a long story. ;)

Amanda Christine Wong said...

LOL to the last line!

Ir. Hanafi Ali said...

Zewt it's "baris! baris seDia!" la.

I have long known that drills in Singapore Armed Forces are conducted in Malay (kiri kanan! kiri kanan! kiri kanan kiriii!)

I wrote about this somewhere that the RACIST Chinese in Singapore have evolved to become less racist and more accomodative to other races. That is what a strong and dominant race should do: ACCOMODATE. So you will find halal food in a military mess in Singapore but cannot find vegetarian food (for Hindus/Buddhists) in a military mess in Malaysia.

Whilst RACIST Chinese Singaporeans have evolved (as they rightly should), the Malay TUANS of Peninsula Malaysia have not but have in fact regressed in this evolutional cycle.

Ketuanan Bangsa Melayu is symptomatic of an inferiority complex, of insecurity over others.

Fi-sha said...

Hi Zewt

Gosh! I'm glad you've found those interesting trivia from The Little Red Dot.

Though they are after all trivia, like they say, small things matter and these are the building blocks to their great success stories.

p.s. I find comments in relation to SG's NEWater sarcastically hilarious because we jeer at their pee water not knowing how our water reservoirs source their water from our filthy, polluted rivers, especially we, the unfortunate ones that live in Klang Valley (SYABAS' water quality is deplorable). SG's NEWater research centre has won many globally acclaimed awards, the water is so clean you could drink it straight from the tap and thanks to close proximity to SG, Johore people enjoy the cleanest water from SAJ - another award winning service provider.

simplechinese said...

i still prefer Malaysia somehow...it feels like home regardless of the negativities but kudos to Singapore - for coming such a long way. It was a good 3 day weekend for me - back in Malaysia....bliss

The Envoy said...

Both countries are still being run by the same parties since Independence. Says something, doesn't it?

Ummie said...

You'll find out everything soon.
Everything is almost transparent.

goingkookies said...

as far as i know.. spore must be doing sth write to almost be on par with Aussie in terms of their currency..

and that many are flocking to go over there.. most of my ex audit colleagues- my batch has all gone down south.. perhaps it's the money....

then again, some say, there's no place like home even with the corruption and pollution and favouritism

Anonymous said...

Hie Zewt,

How is ur your knee? and pray that you will heal soon. Tho' I am Malaysian and love my country's roti canai, ayam percik, chicken rice, cendol, I am living abroad for many years now.

Why do you think singapore is racist country? at least their president is indian and presidency changes from few races. the 'wong tai' race in msia never changes!! okay. :)

Singapore is really moving forward despite once a upon it used to be part of msia. they rather drink processed pee water than receiving threats from msia once tension issues arises to cut water supply.

just my 2cents worth of view.
the nurse

Anonymous said...

The national anthem being sing in Malay because Malay is their national language, but other than that (excluding parade command) Malay as a national language remain insignificant to majority of the population. This is absolutely absurd, and most of the population don't even know the meaning of their national anthem.

A year or two ago there was a proposed to change the national anthem to mandarin, it just a matter of time when it will be. I know this because I live in Johor where I could watch their news on tv.

About the president, it's only for formality and don't hold any power, the prime minister will always be chinese and this even admitted by the Holy father of Red Dot...

HuntressMoon said...

loool, its hilarious, the singaporean infamous new water.

Well i doubt that Malaysia were the oppressors, since we were on the same boat ruled by the British and on top of that, fought together to kick the communist butt.

But then again, there isnt anything to be sad about because singapore and malaysia both have its positive and negative sides. One have karat governments and the other is more focus on the people.

Look on the bright side, at least Malaysians dont speak like phua chu kang eh.

zewt said...

day-dreamer - their national language is malay apparently.

InjusticeSistem - haha... wait for me my friend.

anon aka anon singaporean - i would thought an average singaporean will know what is sarcasm.

doc - yeah, but do you think the ceremonial leader of our country will ever be a ...

Jin - hey jin... hahaha... tell me about it... i miss the multiple holidays too!

MKL - you have a point bro. but what is good is that, they can tolerate to have ceremonial stuff, while focusing on the main stuff. malaysia on the other hand... sigh...

fufu - haha... if i do, most prob not singaporean.

zewt said...

Zuraida - it's cleaner than malaysian water... trust me.

Terra Shield - he lost the plot there haha.

eiling lim - that's exactly what i want to say.

missironic - yeah.. high income, good governance... really independent from us.

pinknpurplelizard - well, to me... it's better than malaysia that will do.. for now...

Amanda Christine Wong - hehe...

Ir. Hanafi Ali - you changed your nick? yes, they have accommodate the non-chinese well and focusing on only doing the right things. malaysia is still living in ancient times, only care about the face.

zewt said...

Fi-sha - actually, it's much worse than that... if you know ppl who work in the piping industry or have connection to do pipes in KL... you would rather drink processed pee water.

simplechinese - well, good to have an open mind.

Ummie - not everything, but most things.

goingkookies - i dont deny that, there is no place like home... but if home sucks... then you just have to be "not at home".

anon aka the nurse - well, i was just being sarcastic calling singapore racist. actually, they are, but yet, they focus on the main things... the more important things. malaysia is racist and focus on all the stupid things.

anon @ 11/8 10.05am - hahaha... just like malayisa, the pm will always be malay... and also, the ceremonial leader will also be malay.

HuntressMoon - well, malaysians may not speak like phua chu hang, but not that malaysians are speaking any better.

goingkookies said...

It's true.. hence, many have ventured out of Malaysia.=)

Violet de Lola said...

Lol... pee water

Yvonne Foong said...

I suppose those who emigrate to a certain country do so because the new country offers them better opportunities to live and survive. There will alwaus be issues that we do not agree with. Can't have everything. So Sungapore does have it's cracks. But cracks aside, it has what Zewt wants to live with.

Like for me, I'd choose a country that presents me the opportunity to have better healthcare. So far, it's the U.S. that presented me with the opportunity. I know that the the NHS in the U.K. is good too. I'd like to go there too. But so far, the U.S. has been offering me the opportunity that I need.

For people with the credentials and experience, Singapore and developed nations have better opportunities.

KC said...

President nathan is nothing but A muppet who was installed by LKY and co. The previous President is Mr Goh, which is another muppet that his only tole is appear on TV and deliver a national day speech in hokkien.

why does the Island Republic need to install a president while the country is run by Prime minister & Senior Minister (LKY & co)?

Unicorn Girl said...

OK - I never knew about drinking the processed pee water - yucks !!!!

Antares said...

I'm glad to report that despite all the insults Singaporeans have to endure from Malaysians, I have come across quite a few Singaporeans who are warm and friendly human beings and far more open-minded than their Malaysian counterparts. Most folks I spoke with in Singapore are just waiting for Kuan Yew, the God of No Mercy, to turn into a marble statue. That would signal the end of the Lee Dynasty and the promise of new political options - like greater acceptance of different worldviews, for instance.

superior said...

Ir. Hanafi Ali said...
Zewt it's "baris! baris seDia!" la.

I have long known that drills in Singapore Armed Forces are conducted in Malay (kiri kanan! kiri kanan! kiri kanan kiriii!)

I wrote about this somewhere that the RACIST Chinese in Singapore have evolved to become less racist and more accomodative to other races. That is what a strong and dominant race should do: ACCOMODATE. So you will find halal food in a military mess in Singapore but cannot find vegetarian food (for Hindus/Buddhists) in a military mess in Malaysia.

Whilst RACIST Chinese Singaporeans have evolved (as they rightly should), the Malay TUANS of Peninsula Malaysia have not but have in fact regressed in this evolutional cycle.

Ketuanan Bangsa Melayu is symptomatic of an inferiority complex, of insecurity over others.

Hanafi lu gila!

Melayu inferiority complex. If you are aiming to control the world that is call megalomaniac atau superiority complex.

Far from feeling inferior, Malays feel superior that is why they created Malay banking or Islamic Banking. There was no such thing as Islamic banking. Even todays the Arabs dont accept Malay Banking as not islamic.

But now the markets for sukuk is 60% in Malaysia. You call that inferiority complex?

The Malays Tunku was the first to fight against apartheid in SA in the commonwealth.

There are so many first. So definitely not. The Malays are just fighting to live their culture as they want in Tanah Melayu.

Remember that the Europeans were once megalomaniac with the Catholic Church Pope issuing Papal Bull to the Portuguse and Spanish Monarchies to kill and enslaved non Christians.

So the evil of Catholic Church is not just an imagination it was the cause why Alburguque came and kill the Malacca Sultan. Until today Malacca has no Sultan unlike other states.

Huei said...

zewt ah zewt..where r u???

Cen said...

Hi Zewt, just wanna drop by and say that you hv a great blog that I always follow ( and rarely comment ) :D

zewt said...

goingkookies - well, when your turn?

Violet de Lola - hello... yeah, didnt taste that bad though...

Yvonne Foong - i am glad that you are getting the health care that you need. may you stay blessed and continue to be the beakon of light to many out there...

KC - well, do you think malaysia will put a chinese up there, even if he is just going to be a muppet?

Unicorn Girl - hahaha... it's not that bad. and trust me, it's cleaner than malaysian water. i shall blog about this soon.

Antares - yeah, i am aware of that. but i have also bumped into many of his supporters. to me, as long as the people are in good living condition, i dont care who leads.

superior - i really dunno if you are trying to be sarcastic or otherwise.

Huei - here... safe and sound :)

Cen - cheers... hope you will start a blog too.

goingkookies said...

HEHE.. soon soon.

just got back from spore.. cost of living is lower if u compare dollar for dollar man!!

a bag i saw at charles n keith was SGD59.90 and in Malaysia probably RM200++

If I was working in Malaysia at say RM4k+ and compare to my working in Singapore for SGD4k+ in the same line of work..

it's no wonder many are going across border.. not just for the bags.. but better std of living..

but taking mrt n buses everyday for the rest of one's life in spore if no car/house.. can be torturous

zewt said...

goingkookies - exactly, dollar to dollar comparison, malaysia is such an expensive place, except for properties. taking mrt is not that bad if your place is near the station. of cos, when you have a family, can be tough. but hey... a BM 4 year old 5 series is SGD87k.

narrowband said...

I see that you've been checking out second hand car market in Singapore. (SGCarMart? lol.. I love that site.)

The NEWater joke is just one of the things Singaporeans humbly use to lower themselves when talking to their Malaysian counterparts. Take that out of the picture and you have a country that trumps Malaysia in many aspect.

Before a Malaysian uses the NEWater joke on a Singaporean, stop and think, you don't want to spark a sure-lose war of words on who's-better-than-who.

zewt said...

narrowband - hahaha... well, malaysians can say malaysia is good because the food is good... when it comes to arguing... sigh...