Why such a distinction?
Firstly, the ‘X’ is taken from the ‘rebranding’ of singapore as illustrated in the msn site for singapore - ‘xin.msn.com’ - the ‘opposition’ and ‘oppositional’ bloggers don’t have a problem with that. ‘Xin’, is a chinese word. And certainly not one that bespeaks, or presents or promotes singapore, within or without, as a multicultural state, or an originally Malay state into which the Indians and Chinese came as immigrants - including my foreparents as well...for that, I thank the Malays for their hospitality and magnanimity despite their being outnumbered back then, far more than the local chinese are outnumbered by the new immigrants at present, and whom are kicking up a right royal fuss over it.
I was actually wondering, for the past few years, when this was going to happen actually, as the groundwork for this rebranding had already been most underway since the late 80s, and the final touches were being added over the past decades. For the record, the following are some of the events, preceding the 80s to the present, that transitioned Singapore to Xingapore, and Sg to Xg - like the British Chinese (whose father came from Hong Kong in a Boat in the 1940s...very nice girl) optometrist I spoke to recently who expressed shock at the racist events that transpired in Xg, and who stated, in her own words, “I never knew that about Singapore. That’s ethnic cleansing! It’s like what Hitler did!”...to which i stated, “yeah, you could say that, but without the gas chambers of course...haha”. (never witnessed this sort of heartfelt empathy and understanding amongst any asian chinese.)
Events, such as the renaming of quite a few singapore streets in the Chinese hanyu pinyin; the HDB racial quota system that ensures that the chinese are a majority and in every district whilst the non-chinese are fragmented and disempowered throughout the state; the SAP school system that provided the Chinese with exceptional education for economic advancement and dominance; the celebration of Chinese festivals with increasing pomp and in central locations whilst non-chinese festivals were kept to their traditional enclaves; the government stating a couple of decades ago that Singapore must always have a chinese majority because they are more ‘practical’ - which was gross racism in itself....but the chinese didn’t have a problem with that statement though; the importation of chinese from China to keep up the ‘balance’ or to address declining chinese birth-rates (more than 70% wasn’t enough of a ‘balance’ for the government i suppose); the gradual exclusion, minimisation, or peripheralisation of non-chinese in the media be it broadcast, print, or the internet; the presentation of the ‘Singapore’ blogger awards as a Chinese event; the erection of a tourist signboard in Little India that only spoke about what the Chinese did there - which my Chinese ‘friend’ didn’t have a problem with; the ‘mother-tongue’ policy that forbade Indians, Malays, and Chinese from learning each other’s languages in schools whilst promoting Mandarin as ‘an advantage’ in the economic arena that as a consequence marginalised the non-Chinese even further; the erection of the statue of the Chinese Premiere, Deng Xiaoping - whom singapore’s ex-PM, Lee Kuan Yew - and the one who initiated Singapore sino-Nazi turn of events - praised for his murderous crackdown on the protestors in Tiananmen Square in ’89.
Given the above events, amongst a host of others, if one wasn’t self-centred, or underdeveloped by these scheme of things to notice - including the so-called ‘opposition’ - I was quite satisfied that singapore was being presented as ‘xin’, in ‘xin.msn.com’. Previously, as singapore turned into a pro-Chinese confucian state, I didn’t really like stating that i was singaporean as there was hardly any similarity between myself and the increasingly narrow-minded, ignorant, unintelligent, uncreative, apathetic, and witless people that these scheme of events were turning them into. I had stated, then, that ‘i was singaporean in locality, not personality’.
So now, there are two identities. Singaporean, and Xingaporean, Sg and Xg. The former is an amalgamation of the best elements of all cultures of singapore, whereas the latter, is Chinese centredWell, with this rebranding, that sort of unofficially renames singapore, ed can finally reclaim his truly Singaporean identity of the more multicultural but long past, and now finally dead, Singapore - though in terms of cultural input, I had, thankfully, transcended Singapore as I took on attributes from a variety of cultures, be it British, historical Britain, India, Japan, Africa, the Aboriginals of australia, amongst others. You could say that the multicultural experience i was afforded during my formative years in the 70s served as a springboard to more experiences. That, after all, is the consequence of true multiculturalism. That is, it makes you curious and vibrant, and open to difference, to the point that one outgrows the difference within one’s own milieu and seeks more elsewhere. You could call it an eternal youth.
So now, there are two identities. Singaporean, and Xingaporean, Sg and Xg. The former is an amalgamation of the best of all cultures of singapore, be it Malay, Indian, Baba, Sikh, Chinese, amongst others, whereas the latter, is mainly Chinese centred, and only contains the elements of other cultures that are easy to incorporate into what the Chinese are accustomed to. So, in other words, if there is a learning curve to be contended with when it comes to learning other cultural approaches to things, or language, or perspectives, etc, it is discarded. Hene, what’s left is not Singaporean, but ‘Xingaporean’, and has been the case for more than a decade now. So this ‘xin’ rebranding comes at an appropriate time.
Finally, with the final stages of the sinicization of Singapore underway by way of the aggressive importation of Chinese from the mainland, what we are going to see is a fusion between Chinese singaporean culture and China Chinese culture. This fusion will once and for all eradicate almost all elements of non-Chinese culture from Xingaporean culture, whilst ending any hope that rare few might have for the rebirth, or renaissance of the true singaporean multiculturalism that was part of the 70s singaporean experience, and which was leading singapore away from the Xingaporean path.
what we’re going to see is the fusion between relatively weak (Chinese singaporean) genes and stronger ones (China Chinese) given that the former had been weakened by cultural self-absorption prior to the influx of the latter.Let’s not forget that when non-Chinese cultural traits that enhanced intelligence, creativity, and individualism, were ignored by Chinese Singaporeans (excluding the Catholic Chinese, whom were part of the forefront of the multicultural revolution in singapore back in the 70s and early 80s, and whom the government clamped down upon in favour of what the English-speaking Chinese viewed as 'backward' and termed, ‘ching chong’ or ‘cina’ or 'ah beng') with phrases such as ‘chong hei’(long-winded), ‘trouble-making’, ‘talk too much’, ‘think too much’, etc, etc, the local Chinese forgo the opportunity to arm themselves with the intellectual and creative vibrancy it would take to successfully contend with the government, or the current influx of Chinese from the mainland, whom, given their historically being reared within oppressive circumstances that honed their opportunistic instincts over more human and empathetic ones, would be more belligerent than their counterparts in Singapore whom had become relatively complacent given their being favoured over the other races and hence being deprived of critical, animated, creative and challenging competition and input. Hence, what we’re going to see is the fusion between relatively weak (Chinese singaporean) genes and stronger ones (China Chinese). Hence, all that doesn’t agree with the new influx of Chinese would serve as the criteria by which the already confucianised singaporean identity would be ‘cleansed’ of any semblance of non-Chinese approaches that requires more than a modicum of thought.
This isn’t going to cause much problems amongst the non-Chinese as they have already been pretty much incorporated into the Chinese singaporean identity and become even less then the Chinese given that they’ve been afforded less advantages, opportunities, and motivation. I recall bringing up this ‘xin.msn.com’ issue with an Indian in his late 40s not too long ago, and he stated that there was nothing wrong with it as ‘xin’ was the first word of the three chinese words for Singapore - Xinjiapo. Only when i reminded him that it was a Chinese word, and not a Malay word, or an English one, that he realised his mistake (though the Malay word, Singapura, is actually derived from the fusion of the Indian words, Singa or ‘Singham’ (lion), and ‘Pur’ or ‘ore’(country, or land). The point is how he reflexively took the bias toward the chinese as the norm. I’ve heard quite a few Indians, over the past decade, justify the discriminatory milieu as natural because the chinese are a majority. They’ve had the idea of egalitarianism just about eradicated from their view of things via the chinese experience of things. Previously, in the 80s, i had only heard the Chinese say such things, but now, its the so-called Indians as well. And to make matters even more intolerable, the Indians and Malays are taking it out one each other now. Though that is quite the text-book reaction as the oppressed usually take it out on each other to make the top-down oppression more palatable. It’s no wonder that for the past 20 years, I’ve always been stopped at customs in singapore, and always, without exception, by a Malay police officer who was probably trying to compensate for relative feelings of inferiority by showing me ‘who’s boss’ by being able to stop and check my luggage. This is also the case more than half the time in public. Kind of simple-minded, and certainly a racist abuse of authority, actually.
Hence, since the non-Chinese are now accustomed to 2nd class status, and view racism as justified when one is a minority, it is not such a great movement to 3rd class status as the local and China Chinese vie for 1st and 2nd class status. And, given that they’ve been underdeveloped for quite a while through local Chinese discrimination, and only developed along those lines acceptable to the chinese in interpersonal relationships to work arena ones, they do not feel the strain of not being able to do more because they don’t have the aptitude or aspiration to do so anymore. In a nutshell, no non-Chinese singaporean is going to feel frustrated about not being able to aspire to be the president or prime minister since it is already understood that this is a ‘chinese thing’, especially since the line-up for the last presidential elections saw 4 Tans, and the current PM of singapore, stated in no uncertain terms, that singapore ‘is not ready for a non-Chinese PM’, whilst flooding the country with Chinese from his motherland to ensure it never is - hence, my coining of the term, Sino-Nazi. Pretty sick these people. Hence, given all of the above, one cannot be blamed for thinking that the chinese only tend to get ahead with hard work on the one hand, and racism on the other. Without the latter, the former might not pay off, one might suppose.
Hence, today, ed stands as a relic of times long past and gone for good. I’d make quite the tourist attraction of what Singapore once entailed, as opposed to Xingapore of today. But i won’t hold my breath for acquiring funding for such a status, as the ed, like Singapore-past, is something that Xingapore today, either has no knowledge of, or in an attempt by its local inhabitants to maintain the illusion of their intelligent and creative efficacy, not want to know or acknowledge. It’s a new path. A ‘Xin’ path. The game is over. But, from a sociological and psychological point of view, a most interesting experience. Well, at last i have my ‘singaporean’ identity back since i don’t have to share it with those who claim to be ‘singaporean’, but are thoroughly ‘xingaporean’ in identity - which, presently, includes just about everyone i know, regardless of race, language, or choice of dish at lunch time. They might differ in degree, but not in orientation.