My new hero, Li Ao
From today’s ST Life:
After a tour of China in September last year, Li Ao, the famously outspoken Taiwanese politician and author, said at a press conference in Hong Kong: ‘Taiwanese are still better. They’re scoundrels but they’re lovable. Hong Kongers are craftier. Singaporeans are stupider. The Chinese are more unfathomable.’
He argued that since Singapore’s forefathers were poorly educated, Singaporeans are ‘not of a good stock’.He said Mr Lee wanted to build a British-style democracy but because the people are not up to scratch, they only know how to toe the line. ‘Singaporeans do not po ge (break rules) but they also do not chu ge (stand out),’ he said in Mandarin.
But why stop at dissing Singaporeans? Why not whack Jay Chou too?
From Wikipedia’s entry on him:
On May 6th, Li was invited to a talk show with reporter Patty Hou and blatantly ridiculed her relationship with Chinese pop star, Jay Chou.
He referred to the pop star as â€œuglyâ€ and possessing â€œtwo small eyesâ€ and said “I have been put in jail, and then I wrote a book, and finally I could be famous like I am today, how come Jay can just write some songs, shakes a bit and become so famous?”
I like this guy already! There is an element of truth that poor stock equals problems for descendants. I won’t say that Singaporean Chinese are “stupid-stupid”, but when compared to fellow Chinese in Taiwan, HK and China, you’d be ignorant to say we’re superior to them. At best equal, at worst far less competitive and hungry for independent action.
Now Guo Liang argued in ST Life’s article that people don’t remain stupid for generations.
But just look at our education system where the stuck-in-their-ways are teaching the young how to be creative. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise I always fell asleep in class. He will probably consider me stupid too, but hey, at least I won’t shy away from saying that we need to work alot harder.
Fixing it is another thing….but hey! No explicit political views here (Gahmen say so), so I shall stop writing here. (grin).
(10 April: Some readers may think I’m a Singapore-basher. No, not really, I do like my air-conditioned comfort here. What I loathe is the inability of Singaporeans to take barbed criticism and to see why people have such perceptions of us. We’ve been trained to be No. 1 so often, we cannot take it when other people point out that there are areas where we are sorely lacking.)