Proud la, of course proud.
Not like anyone would actually care about my opinion because I’m literally a nobody around here but woohoo.
But yes I am actually really amused by this whole incident (and hence found a strong urge to articulate my thoughts) and I believe you are/will be pretty amused as well.
When I first came across the whole Stephanie Koh saga, I was pretty nonchalant. I was just like “say whutttttt”, proceeded to read the Straits Times’ article online, then continued scrolling through my Twitter timeline. It’s not quite an everyday occurrence to see a Singaporean screaming “I’m not proud to be a Singaporean”, but this certainly isn’t an issue that is unheard of.
People who say *mean* stuff like that usually get shot down pretty quickly and disappear among the crowd once more… reappearing on TV while doing the Kallang wave on the floating platform during NDP.
(I miss the feeling of sitting among many Singaporeans at the floating platform. And the impressive NDP goodie bag. Happened only once at P5 btw)
This girl got insulted everywhere, really, and amazingly after she posted a video explaining her stand, people start to say “oh yes, she makes sense” “uh huh, pretty cool personality” “she’s right guys” and I’m still like “say whutttttt”. This situation is getting funny. Are you sure you aren’t laughing yet?
There are 6 groups of Singaporeans in this picture:
- People who admire her personality from the start
- People who hate her no matter what
- People who hate her then like her (<- LOL WHUT)
- People who like her then hate her (possibly “MAN SHE WAS COOL UNTIL SHE EXPLAINED HERSELF”)
- People who don’t care
- People who secretly care and are amused
I belong to #6 hahahahahhaha. Along with possibly many other non-Singaporeans in SG/all over the world.
When people are busy shooting her down for being so blatant about how she wasn’t proud to be Singaporean in the beginning, thoughts that went through my mind included “siao” “don’t lie man” “you mad bro” “lol this insult super funny”…
Because I believe there are all moments when we were half-embarrassed to be Singaporeans.
Don’t tell me you didn’t diss the 2013 National Day song because I don’t believe you.
Everyone around me were like “LOL THE RAP LOL” “KIDS SONG LA” “LOL WHUT” “LOL CANT GET OVER THE RAP”, myself included.
And of course, let’s not forget the idea of kiasu-ism among many Singaporeans – and somehow aunties always bear the brunt of this. We all have personal experiences to share, but this point is pretty understandable right?!
Singaporeans also laughed when Merlion got struck by lightning (tragic incident, really!)…
Singaporeans also got mocked by plenty of people by different countries. (as much as they mock others)
People always seem to be able to think of things about Singapore they dislike but when the time comes, they stand together as one. Like now. (Though a bit divided after second video)
COUNT ON ME SINGPOREEEEEEEEEE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Honestly, if you ask me this question, I’ll tell you I’m really proud to be Singaporean (okay la, no one cares about my opinion I know) but my reason behind it?
I’m Singaporean. So I’m proud to be one. (CME/SS/NE have taught me well)
Hahaha I’m laughing already this is so ridiculous.
From the bottom of my heart, I really am happy to be a Singaporean.
Anyway, I was quite excited to watch Miss Pink-Orange-Black-Hair-Girl-Who-Joined-KPOP-Competition-But-Dont-Wanna-Sing-Korean-Songs-Say-Whuttt’s video to see her side of the issue.
And yes truth be told, many of her reasons were sound.
But upon further consideration, I don’t think they can be applied to majority of Singaporeans.
Come on, Singaporeans are getting increasingly badass and more open-minded.
PAP’s voters dropped to an all-time low of 61% in the most recent elections.
Kidnapping of Sheng Shiong’s boss’ mother by a pair of male lovers.
Smuggling of drugs in well, clothes deep inside.
A lot of people don’t want do homework liao.
See? How rebellious. The last point doesn’t only apply to minority okay.
No la, but seriously speaking, slamming all these stereotypes of Singaporeans against all of us poor voiceless Singaporeans a bit mean.
Talk in Singlish got more feel right, like this.
Anyway I feel like whenever Singaporeans think of a typical “Singaporean”, they always see the worst in them. Not many will publicly admit they’re kiasu/kiasi/kiabor. But they always put these “qualities” in a typical Singaporean profile. But they don’t see themselves as that kind of a person. And I don’t see people conforming to societal stereotypes everywhere.
People nowadays speak their minds more than ever (like me and the crap you’re reading now) and people nowadays are honestly more open-minded. Take plastic surgery for instance – many are still against it, but the younger generation is opening up to the idea. Singaporeans are changing, and I’m not sure if it’s good or bad.
Without Singaporeans “obeying” the laws, there’s gonna be many more people who are going to roam the streets with guns and knives, there’s gonna be chaos everywhere and well… let’s not forget vandalism and chewing gum all over the streets.
I want my clean and green city. With safe streets.
Though that can be argued, definitely.
And rather than saying Singaporeans only know how to follow the rules, why can’t we put it in a nicer way – Singaporeans are nice people.
I know plenty of nice people.
Who are those people helping out at old folks’ homes, Soup Kitchen, childcare centers, defending others in courts, styling celebrities’ hair, planning weddings for others, renovating houses for people, curing people by prescribing medicine, psychologists who are comforting people……… And all the other sorts of occupations Singaporeans are in?
Indeed there is a certain kind of self-interest there for majority I believe, but self-interest and a kind heart can co-exist.
Why am I saying that?
Oh yes Singaporeans can be extremely nice.
And extremely naughty as well.
Insert “ren zhi chu, xing ben shan” quote here.
And a quick Google search shows that Singapore has one of the lowest suicide rates in first-world countries.
Singaporeans may not always be the happiest – but many people have reasons to be happy. Many are employed, literally (almost) everyone has a roof over their head, many people starve… But to lose weight and you can come up with many more reasons……………………..
There is so much to be thankful for.
But from what I learnt from The Four II (watched it in i12 Katong) today, getting what you want doesn’t mean being happy. They don’t always co-relate even though I think they should.
I am very proud to be a Singaporean.
I don’t have to have fabulous reasons to back that up, but it’s intrinsic.
Like how I’m proud to be part of my family with the most amazing and the strongest people, how I’m proud to be part of my school, how I’m proud to be writing my stupid thoughts here…
I don’t have a choice there (except the last point), and even though sometimes the cons outweigh the pros, I’m still proud to be part of them all. I embrace the flaws. Not everything/everywhere can be perfect.
If anywhere is, tell me, I’ll pack up and go.
Being proud of Singaporean comes really naturally to me – does that mean I’m submissive and have no sense of self-opinion?
But I like it. I’m enjoying what I have.
I’m still learning to appreciate what I have all around me (I won’t lie and say I’m totally happy with what life is throwing at me) but I’m really glad to be here today, typing nonsense on my Mac.
And thank you for bothering to read this pretty incoherent rant. ^-^
You’re nice. Or you have too much time to waste.
Either way, thank you.
(P.S. I’m quite scared to publish this because it’s quite controversial. Ms Put-On-More-Clothes-Please is quite right. I’ve pretty little guts.)