musings on 'Uncle' Yap's 'hunger strike' and Singapore's Racist opposition
"By the time you watch this, I would be in prison on my regular hunger-strike, for the duration, in which i will consume only token amount of food." - source
When i saw the above, i couldn't help but chuckle as i said to myself - "that's not a 'hunger strike' mate. It's called, 'going on a diet'."
What they are being advantaged by(racial discrimination and chinese-centrism) also leads to mass apathy and oppression. But their silence on the former and their bemoaning the latter reveals what their true interests are. Themselves.
By the by, it's quite hilarious to see the so-called opposition complaining about governmental oppression whilst keeping generally silent about the government stating that singapore must always have a chinese majority, promoting chinese culture over all others, etc. Don't they realise that what they are complaining about emerges from their not supporting multiculturalism with as much vociferousness as they do about all that compromises the interests of the chinese? In other words, they are keeping quiet about the cause, and bemoaning its consequences. It's quite the paradox. What they are being advantaged by(racial discrimination and chinese-centrism) also leads to mass apathy and oppression. But their silence on the former and their bemoaning the latter reveals what their true interests are. Themselves.
In fact, the 'opposition' have even progressed to being xenophobic. Remember this, a xenophobic people are either unaccustomed to difference because of its absence, or have learnt to ignore and marginalise it within their own state. It is only then that they can become xenophobic when 'foreigners' come in. So if you see a xenophobic people, you can be quite sure that they got their early practice in racism. Its quite a logical extrapolation don't you think. As for the oppositional sector, quite a few chinese are calling themselves 'native-born' to distinguish themselves from the 'foreigners' - which enables them to ignore the fact that they themselves are of foreign origin not too long ago. They ought to ask themselves how much of the 'native' they have in themselves, or if they can be likened to foreign flora and fauna that, when brought into singapore, ended up destroying all the other local cultural life - like foreign fireants did with livestock, or foreign 'whites' did with the american Indians in the US of A. By the way, I'm not 'inciting racial hatred' here, but critical introspection for the purpose of cross-cultural appreciation. Without the latter, that serves as the true cause of the former.
if you see a xenophobic people, you can be quite sure that they got their early practice in racism.
Notice how Yap talks about the government giving the people an 'ang pow'(red packet containing money given during the chinese new year or other auspicious or significant events by the chinese) before the elections? Why is it referred to as an 'ang pow'? Isn't singapore a multicultural state? If so, why is a governmental action translated into chinese terms? By the way, I had once interacted with Yap through the net and when I questioned after the banner he designed for an oppositional party which only had chinese characters and English words on it - as it did not reflect singapore's multiculturalism - he simply responded with a, 'that's the way they(the opposition party) wanted it. Looks like this bloke knows how to question when it comes to the government, but not when it comes to the interests of those whom aren't part of 'the majority'. I gave up on him after that. These are just some of the numerous evidence indicating the racial self-absorption of the so-called opposition and the population in general. When one pays attention to such detail, one might realise the significance of numerous other slights against all the non-chinese that goes on on a daily basis but which people of all races have become so accustomed to that they deem nothing amiss.
I wonder after the opposition's 'non-chinese' members, like Seelan, Muhd Shamin, James Gomez, etc. Either they are grossly ignorant, or have become so Confucian themselves that they think there is multiculturalism because they are treated equally by their mates whilst not realising that this is only because they do as the chinese do. Easy to miss that point for the none-too-astute. (that said, the chinese today are a result of top-down governmental cultural socialisation. The English-speaking chinese i knew back in the 70s were quite the different breed and a pretty fun and quite intelligent lot - though they weren't as much of either compared to the other races because of the suppressive culture that is thrust upon them from birth.) They complain about governmental racism, but don't realise the way racism is practiced within their own gangs by their oversights and absence of insightful and vociferous activism against racism and xenophobia - as explained above. The quintessential element of the Legalist-Confucian mindset is conformism within one's own gang. This is observable in the family, triad societies, political affiliations, etc.
The sign of a true democrat is not one who opposes an oppressive government, but one who affords her/is own party the same scrutiny. It is only such an individual who is capable of ensuring that the evils of an old party are not refined by a comparatively more palatable new party.For myself, Chee himself told me to tow the line and not rock the boat about a decade ago when i questioned the leadership of the SDP (singapore democratic party) youth and sought to improve the SDP youth group shortly after joining them - i.e. proposed that seminars be conducted on political philosophy, starting a library of political writings, having group discussions on global political events so as to acquire perspectives that could be of use in local application, etc. He basically discounted all of these and implied that I ought to 'just follow'. So this fella was expecting from myself that which the government was expecting from the people? No thank you. I had to say bye to Chee after that as i wasn't born to play the role of a rat in Hamelin. Well, to Chee, I would say, if you're looking for followers, go be a shepherd. Well, looks like he's quite succeeded with his bevy of fans. The sign of a true democrat is not one who opposes an oppressive government, but one who affords her/is own party the same scrutiny. It is only such an individual who is capable of ensuring that the evils of an old party are not refined by a comparatively more palatable new party.
But not to belittle the plight of the above misguided/self-absorbed supporter of the pro-chinese oppositional sector, let's see what this fellow has to say below.
[picture above from video below]