Okay, I will probably be thought to be racist, xenophobic, what have you.
But I must get this off my chest, even as B once said, not at all in jest: Can you afford it?
Seriously too I wonder if Singapore had really ceased to be a Brit colony back in 1959 or 1963?
I wonder about this particularly tonight while I was watching the 10.30pm business news on Channel News Asia.
The anchor woman was a kwai poh or at least looked like one.
The main figure reciting the Singtel fire saga mea culpa — about a fire that disrupted services for 60,000 subscribers was due to shortcomings in the telco’s fire safety practices — was a kwai lo. And he the chairman of Singtel some more!
The next item on the CNA bulletin was about high yielding stocks on SGX. And the man from SGX extolling this great gift to investors was — you’ve guessed it! A kwai lo!
The anchor then interviewed an economist. Not surprisingly, he too was a kwai lo.
At this point, I gave up watching.
Nothing against this stream of non-Asians on the small screen.
Just made me think of T S Eliot and the Wasteland. ”We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
Oh, the futility of throwing off the colonial yoke when in the end we may be back to where we were before my parents shouted Merdeka along with the folks in white!