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Journey to the West?

Posted by inspir3d on October 10, 2006

This is a spirited response to Kitana’s ‘Why I Would Like to Leave,’ by young Aerasio who, despite his youth, already feels strongly grounded in Singapore. It’s not as long an essay as Kitana’s, but I am particularly struck by his youthful idealism and expressed conviction to stick to his beliefs. It is my hope that by publicising it here to a wider audience, his idealism will be preserved and spread.


Journey to the West?, by Aerasio

I was reading a post on Intelligent Singaporean on the reasons why Singaporeans emigrate to other countries. Basically, what the author said was that emigrating Singaporeans did so because of the tolerance and freedom of other western countries and that these qualities overrode all the good points of Singapore, despite the negative aspects of foreign countries. The inclusiveness and acceptance they found abroad was infinitely preferable to the inanely busy pressure-cooker rat-race that we find in Singapore. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted in Emigration, IS Opinion | 19 Comments »

Why I Would Like to Leave

Posted by inspir3d on September 21, 2006

It’s been a while since the last IS Opinion piece. This piece really struck a chord in me, and I hope it strikes a chord in you as well.


Why I Would Like to Leave, by Kitana

Before I went to Canada for a year, I had to go for a medical check-up. During that check-up, the doctor told me that I would love Canada. And he had said that most of the people he knew that went to Canada, either never came back; or when they did, they’d returned to Canada shortly after. Few ever stayed in Singapore.

At the time, I wondered why. I don’t anymore. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Emigration, IS Opinion | 106 Comments »

National Identity

Posted by inspir3d on August 1, 2006

I stumbled across this post today after being referred to a blog when reading the comments section on one of Mr Wang’s posts. I regret not finding it earlier. But this is surely a must read for the 53% of young Singaporeans who are considering emigration, and Minister Raymond Lim (and the rest of the PAP).


Thanks to Joseph for allowing his post to be reproduced here
This is the original source

Today, the green and secure island of shining domes, skyscrapers, and machine-like efficiency that we call Singapore is the place I call home.

I remember the burning sense of patriotism that I had when I was young. In the heyday of Singapore soccer, when half the citizens were cheering heart and soul for Singapore in the Tiger Cup, I remember the exultant and jubilant talk about Singapore’s stellar wins over Malaysia’s teams. I remember feeling very strongly for Singapore then, when I was still an innocent child who concerned myself only with the TV guide, soccer, and books. I remember, as if it was yesterday, making 22 cardboard flip-outs, naming 11 of the pieces after all the Brazilian World Cup players, and naming the rest of the pieces after the Singapore team (yes, I could practically tell you the name of every single player on the Singapore team then) and playing them against each other with a squashed-up paper ball on a large cardboard that was used as the soccer pitch.

And Singapore always won in my memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Culture, IS Opinion, National Identity | 7 Comments »

The Digital Divide

Posted by inspir3d on July 14, 2006

Cobalt Paladin has graciously agreed to allow the article below to be reproduced in full on the IS. IS requested that this article be reproduced in full because it really encapsulates the spirit of what IS is all about.

This is the original source

What is a politician? In my own understanding, a politician is one who is well-versed in the art and science of getting votes. That is a skill, some even say a gift. A politician needs to “guess” and “feel” the sentiments and psyche of the voters. This is not the definitive dictionary meaning but my own interpretation by looking at the world events.

There were about 2 million voters in the last General Election (GE) and 66.6% voted for PAP which means about 1.3 million voters of Singapore voted for them and likely these people’s main source of information still comes from mainstream media. As surprising to you as it may sound, there is still a huge class of the population who don’t surf the web, let alone read blogs, and that is a fact. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Govt-Public Divide, IS Opinion, New Media | 8 Comments »

“I am a Singaporean” by Dan E

Posted by intellisg on July 14, 2006

IS presents “I am a Singaporean” by Dan E, inspired by Mr Brown

I was born in 1970 at the KK hospital and grew up in a kampong near the old airport. My parents stopped at 2 after having my younger sibling.

I moved from my kampong to a HDB flat in the west-end of Singapore when the government exercised the Land Reclamation Act on my kampong to build new flats.

I schooled through PSLE, O-level, A-level, and took a 2.5 years Army conscription break before disrupting to return to NUS for a degree course.

I followed the Singapore dream: study hard, serve the country, work hard, listen to the government and have a good life. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Dan E, IS Opinion | 33 Comments »