after reading some of the posts on pprune and noticing how certain contributors seem to have the same dislike, no, hate for SIA and singapore in general, i cannot help but feel frustrated what it is about my country that raises such feelings of animosity.
i am a singaporean student studying in the US right now. i must say that almost all of those i have gotten to know here show immense tolerance of where i come from, and how i am in terms of my culture etc, and are more than willing to learn the truth, or what i see as the truth, about where i am from.
why is it then, that certain individuals seem to revel in disparaging not just a singaporean company but the whole of the country instead? why do we receive flak for the laws we live by, the way we treat our fellow singaporeans and foreigners in the country, the way we choose to live our lives?
why is it also that some people can live with circulating the most bizarre rumors about my country? a post on this board some time back had people saying they heard that it was illegal to order below a certain amount of food when eating out, etc. i do not have an axe to grind with those who say that they have heard these rumors, what i do not undestand is why these rumors arise in the first place?
we singaporeans have been said to be foolishly accepting the censorship that is placed on our media, of condoning sweeping the truth under the carpet and so forth. is a blanket insult of the way we live as a result of how or government administers the country not tantamount to an insult of our intelligence and morals as human beings?
i also remember how some of you out there praised my country for being clean, efficient etc. thanks to all of you, i'm sure i am not the obly one who appreciates such feedback, but at the same time i must raise the point that some of this is certainly thanks to the laws that we live by. the rationale of the chewing gum ban is this: it causes subway doors to be jammed, for instance, and leads to inconvenience for the majority. is it wrong therefore to enforce such rules to maintain the benefit of the majority? granted that such rules shouldn't even need to be enforced in the first place, but in a situation where you have people who cannot show basic courtesy to others, would you rather let the problem persist or would you prefer for a law to be enforced?
and with regards to such issues as censorship, do people actually think we can get away with such policies without the rest of the world taking notice? please... such allegations are only another way of implying that singaporeans do not have the brains or the guts to stand up for their rights.
enough rambling from me... i just really want to know what it is about singapore that prompts so much animosity from other parts of the world.