t Double Yellow's Musings: Lets Talk about Countries Worse off than Us
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.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lets Talk about Countries Worse off than Us

In a previous post, I wrote about how our balanced media had a propensity to report good news about Singapore and bad news when it came to other countries. Our darling media has done it yet again, although is slightly different manner....

The title screamed that “Immigration laws [in Singapore] are among the world’s friendliest”. Well, I have to admit that this is true. No doubt that Singapore has a welcoming (but am not sure how transparent) immigration policy that benefits it in many ways. But our beloved media have a rather distinctive way of portraying it....

The article talks at length about how U.S., China and France are among the worst in the rankings. It highlights that China and India have the most awful immigration policies among Asian countries. And of course only a measly three percent of companies found Singapore’s immigration law not so friendly. It be backed up with a quote from some dude who will say that Singapore is the “regional headquarter hub”.

Look more closely and you will see that among the countries that beat Singapore were South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and Taiwan. We were trounced by three Asian countries. Even better.... a country which achieved the same rating as Singapore was Thailand, which the last time I checked, lies in Southeast Asia.

But no, these countries are not worth discussing. There is no point in us discussing why these countries fared better. We only want to compare with countries that we oredi know are worse than us and think of ourselves as being the first and best in everything we do.

Sigh, when will our media ever grow up?


Anonymous your fan said...

LOL! gawd, i get my daily dose of annoyance and humor from ST (and I donch mean the comics)... now it's even better with your daily highlights of the 'best' of their reports... keep writing!! :)

2:56 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

my fan eh? :) but i like air-con leh :D

given the kindergarten writing style of our local media, i'm not sure when I can even take a break :)

7:37 AM  
Blogger mooiness said...

Hah good then - you would never run out of material.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous straydog said...

Keep it up. Hope this will be wake up call for them to improve their reporting.....

We can hope, can't we?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Beach-yi said...

Correction, when will the piped piper wake up, his music is no longer as sweet and alluring as those of the yesteryears.

12:22 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey mooiness, i am planning on nominating our local media for the funniest newspaper in Singapore, no wait...the region, even better...the wurl :)

hey straydog, yeah... there is always hope :) just that its looking pretty bleak at the moment

hey beach-yi, you may hv a point there you noe... once our local media begin to publish 'responsible' stuff, den maybe nobody will buy the paper anymore :)

7:19 PM  
Blogger Goh Meng Seng said...

I think we are just having too high hope for our local media. High hope, high disappointment. No hope, no disappointment.

I think those people in there know exactly what they are doing; they don't need much "awakening" or "lectures" to start with. The spin is put on for "Nationalistic" reasons.

As a small country, our destiny of inferiority complexes are already mooted. There is no way you could change that besiege mindset of being a small red dot in this region. Thus, to cover up that bit of inferiority complexes, we must always put up a brave, good front; trumpeting ourselves whenever we have the chance to do it. That's the mindset of our local media.

It sounds silly but they are not ranked 147th for nothing.

Goh Meng Seng

8:55 PM  
Blogger AG said...

Ack. The only reason why we have a monopoly of media in singapore is becoz the gahmen and mediacorp have agreement to mutually lick each other's boots.

Well, at least with the Newpaper you get interesting HP logos and ringtones. :X

10:54 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

meng seng, while I can understand the need for "nation-building" for a diverse country like Singapore, the local media need to understand that they might be overcooking the broth. Singapore does have its strengths, the media can gloat using them. But if becomes an avalanche of self-praise, it can make everyone nauseous :)

What I dont agree with is the fact that since we are small city-state, we will have the siege mentality forever. Not necessarily if we begin to think of the international system in different way, other than just anarchy.

11:42 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hahaha AG, the bootlicking may not happen both ways. One way bootlicking, the other way hantaming :)

11:48 PM  

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