t Double Yellow's Musings: This is Believed to be the 1st Time
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.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

This is Believed to be the 1st Time

In Singapore hor, we lurve ‘firsts’. When our journalists write an article, one question is always asked – is this the first in the wurl? Failing which, is this the first in the reejun? Failing which, is this the first in Singapore? Failing which, is this the first in Southeast CDC? Failing which, is this the first in Pulau Ubin?

Normally meant for things like an invention or event, this “I am first” mentality has become ingrained in our local media. They now use it for all kinds of inane stuff. Writing a piece about loan sharks extorting money, our ‘talented’ journalist wrote about the victim losing her baby due to a miscarriage allegedly caused by a shove by the loan shark.



Nothing wrong with this and the loss of the unborn child needs to be highlighted to push the police to go behind the loan sharks, but this sentence got me cracking....

“This is believed to be the first time an unborn baby has died because of a loan-shark attack”

What kind of sentence is this? Is there no limit to what can be considered a ‘first’? Well, I thought our media will appreciate some help…

“This is believed to be the first time a loan-shark attack has used Nippon paint on the 11th floor of HDB flats”

“This is believed to be the first time the amount loaned to a loan-shark attack turned out to be the numbers on the next 4-D draw”

“This is believed to be the first time a loan shark wore a pink dress while extorting money”


There, new milestones for us to remember. Remember to include it in the next history project.

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