https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/singa ... 51733.html
So I read this among numerous other articles in the past few months and it appears (from the Internet) Singaporeans are not happy at all!
I’ve been actively reading numerous blogs pre-arrival to Singapore and the overwhelming bitterness over their lives is rampant in the blogs written and comments made. It seems the anger is directed mostly at:
2) Foreigners/Foreign Talent/Foreign Trash/Foreign Trash(es)
3) (Insert derogatory/racist term) for (race here)
5) Cost of housing
I have many long-term Singaporean friends. In years past, I’d often raise the state of politics there and ask them their feelings of the PAP running the country for so long. I was always met with the usual textbook garble: PAP had a hard job and were the founding fathers and needed to do what they did to get us to where we are today etc etc. But now, these same people have done a 180-degree twist and have turned on the PAP. They also endlessly complain about: foreigners taking Singapore jobs!
So why the big change? Or has it always been simmering? I tend to think it is less to do with the above list and more to do with the anonymity that goes with the increasing use of the Internet. Singapore is run very tightly and freedom of expression has been quashed in ensuring social harmony, but now the Internet is giving the disenfranchised a voice, and many are jumping on the bandwagon. The viciousness we are seeing on forums and blogs is mostly a response to decades of government oppression and evidence that the importance of freedom of speech, assembly and all the rest, is a basic human right.
I was convinced most Singaporeans were apolitical and mostly interested in consuming and eating, but in recent years I’ve changed my tune.
I hope that as the political process matures, and PAP are faced with well organised and vocal opposition, Singaporeans will learn to live with and be better able to manage this new found freedom of speech and avoid malicious racial profiling and slander.