t Double Yellow's Musings: National Education in Sentosa
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

National Education in Sentosa

To all those of you who think National Education is meant only for Singaporeans, you cannot be more wrong. I happened to be at Sentosa a few weeks ago showing around visitors. Not sure why, but we decided to see the Merlion. We were forced to watch a video on the history of Merlion (you cannot escape without watching this video). As the history of the Merlion is closely related to the history of Singapore, it goes something like this….. (this is obviously not the exact transcript but it pretty much runs something like this)

Once upon a time, there was a GREAT king called Utama. One day, he went hunting and chased a deer up a hill. From the top of the hill, he saw this GREAT island in the horizon. He immediately was intrigued by this land in the distance and he set sail to explore what this GREAT island had in store for him. He encountered great many hurdles (blah, blah details in the actual story) but he never gave up in his quest to reach this GREAT island. And when he finally got there, he saw a lion and thought that this creature was guarding this GREAT land and he decided to call this GREAT land Singapura.

First, why is it that the history of Singapore always begins with this Utama dude? Its almost like nobody (even the indigenous Orang Asli) lived here before that.

Second, as is obvious from above, the supposed greatness of Singapore was its destiny. Funny coz if Singapore was really meant to be great and successful even from the Utama times, maybe we could have achieved all this without you know who….

Third and most important, most of the tourists watching this fell asleep.


Anonymous Francis said...

Fourthly and most importantly, they neglect to mention that the Merlion is a complete invention of the Singapore Tourism Board. History? Hah.

7:23 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey francis, yeah... SG national education is a eclectic mix of fact and fiction :p

3:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuseme! I didn't understand the story of Merlion the symbol of Singapore! you didn't write the whole storycontent and it's

8:33 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

you can get more information on the merlion and its role in singapore's history here. In short, its a mythical character and hence does more than just narrate history :)

7:09 PM  

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