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20 April 2005 @ 02:44 pm
it will attract many flies  
first of all, anyone who's been watching this spot long enough knows that i hardly ever discuss current affairs (or have i even ever?) , so this is a rare one. next, i'm neither eloquent nor effective; the number of loopholes i can pick out in my own arguments is ultimately limited. furthermore, this is more of an emotional response rather than an intellectual one. or perhaps, it's just the affinity i developed for the thais somewhere in december last year. disclaimers done, here goes:

the new paper, page 3 (19 april 2005, tuesday)

well done, singapore. it is enough that you are prepared to send your own citizens into addiction and bankruptcy. 可是你害了自己没关系, 你顺手把别人也一起拖下水了。

because you are placed in such a position of political and economic leadership in southeast asia, your one decision serves as the deciding factor for countless other decisions even outside of your own little red dot.

you spiral others into even more, even greater vice. even if you think you can afford it, others may not be able to. why cause them to stumble?

what sorts of moral values are you passing on to your children? (1) it is alright to gamble, (2) who cares about other people as long as i stand to gain? no wonder birth rates plummet!

i am grateful, and i am thankful, for the numerous privileges i have, living here--safety, security, financial well-being, somewhat equality etc. but that doesn't mean that i should stand by and shut up when i see you doing something against everything that you yourself have ever taught me.
Mood: disgusted
Music: it's all been done -- barenaked ladies
heavenbluheavenblu on April 20th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
Yah lo, I agree that Singapore really has set a bad eg for the other countries in the region. And the most angry part is they are going to set up TWO casinos.. I wonder wat Singapore will turn out to be like in the future... But I am rather excited about the "unversal studio" like theme park that the IR is going to have...
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 20th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
yeah i also wonder. actually i was also wondering, can you imagine if the integrated resorts turn out to be a flop? heehee.
Mattmattymckeow on April 20th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
They put up 3 big casinos about 30 minutes drive from here a couple years ago, and I can pretty much promise they won't flop. People's urge to gamble away their money is just way to strong. I will never understand it. I like to gamble maybe once a month, but I know people that go 3-4 times a week.
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 22nd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
don't they have anything better to do with their lives? tsktsk. yeah i guess building casinos is really a great way of raking in money huh. wonder if they've got a "build casino" option in simcity or something.
the doobfemdog on April 24th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
actually, it IS possible that the casino might flop you know. if they make the wrong marketing decisions. my tutor said that it's no use trying to attract tourists because it's not guaranteed they will come, and even if it becomes a tourism success, you cannot be sure that they will keep coming back. without popularity from the locals, it will not work. but the government seems set on keeping locals from going there to gamble, for obvious social reasons. so it's quite a dilemma and i wonder what the outcome will be.
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 25th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
hm. that makes sense. but i think the tourists will prolly still keep coming back. unless there's a terrorist attack here lah. we shall see...
the doobfemdog on April 20th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
haha. you know, i did a project on casino for marketing this sem. and we actually picked china and thailand as the potential target tourist markets. oop. but you know, marketing doesn't care about ethics. :P

anyway i am quite disgusted lah. we had so much debate on tv, on the radio, in the coffeeshops, with the government saying it will consider what we the citizens think, in the end it's all bullshit (like what my marketing tutor said). and not surprisingly, considering how democratic the government is. but ok, fine, so they had already decided on having the IR, but the most disgusting thing is fooling singaporeans into debating about "to have or not to have?" when the REAL question they actually were having in mind was "HOW MANY to have?".

when the decision to have two casinos was announced, i told my mum: see lah, we debate debate debate, in the end they spring surprise on us tell us TWO IRs, to show us their li4 hai4. sekali if we had all shut up and hadn't responded to the whole issue, maybe they would have stuck to one. maybe they just wanna teach us a lesson to be obedient, then next time nobody will dare to object. haha. joke ah. hope i don't get into trouble.

and sigh, maybe selfishness is part of human nature, and it just extends to the government. talk about keeping singaporeans away from the casinos, but encouraging tourists to come. i guess reality jiu4 shi4 zhe4 yang4 de4 loh...so long as I gain, I don't f*cking care about YOU. i guess the casino operator could try to be politically correct and employ some measures to ensure that only the richer people can enter the casinos, but then i wonder to what extent they would actually want to do that, it's not economically beneficial to them after all.

aiya so many issues need to be resolved. it's like giving yourself another problem and then trying to solve the problems that stem from it. like hitting yourself on the foot. all these just because you wanna catch up with other people and you have "no choice". hai... who ask us to be so unfun and unexciting and UNCREATIVE that we have to resort to doing this, to copy what others have been doing? but then who is to blame for us being unfun in the first place?
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 20th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
totally agree with your second paragraph. anyway as i said, don't worry about the big brother lah, i'm sure he has more stuff to contend with than teeny weeny us who don't even have a say to what we want for our country. (okay, that was sarcastic) i must agree that we're really very totally uncreative... big bad problem with our population from top (authorities etc.) down.

about selfishness, as i was telling yn, do you realise that if at all this thing about the IRs really results in thailand approving the building of casinos (casinoes?) in future, it'll lead to more social problems and hence worsening the neverending vicious cycle etc. right? then singapore will be like, oh, let's help the thais in their poverty, "adopt a thai kid" etc... when in the very first place, we were the ones contributing to their problems. (this links to your final paragraph of having created the very problems you're trying to solve)

as my german textbook goes, it's like building a gas mask production factory in the alps where the air is so fresh, and using those gas masks to protect yourself from the poisonous fumes emitted from the factory. (get it?)

anyway i have another point of contention regarding the "only 2% of adults are at risk of addiction". will say more when i dig out my sis' research on the stats. see you in a few hours' time... can you believe it's 4.07am?
sleepysnail on April 21st, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
not really true
All those thais who are attracted by singapore's IRs probably are exisitng visitors of Genting since malaysia is closer to thailand. It doesn't mean that more thailands would gamble, but rather, more thais might choose to visit singapore than genting.

a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 22nd, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: not really true
but the issue here is, because of singapore's decision, thailand might eventually decided to build casinos themselves! that means, next time, thais won't even hafta bother travelling to gamble, they can gamble in the comfort of their own country ==> more convenience, more incentive to gamble ==> more people turn to gambling ==> more gambling addicts ==> more bankruptcies ==> family violence goes up, broken families etc. ==> social problems escalate.

poor thailand.
sleepysnail on April 22nd, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: not really true
if every country also copycat and have casino, haha, then singapore really build casion for nothing.. haha...
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 23rd, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
Re: not really true
if that's really the case, then we built casinos only increase our own social problems. tsktsk.