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Are they Singaporean?

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! 🙄


Racist or sexist or whatever?

An hour ago, I was heading home along Serangoon Road, after having made a mad dash to Fairprice in City Square to load up on some groceries that we had run out of without noticing.

What I noticed after I filtered my car into the middle lane of Serangoon Road  was a red Trans Cab behind me. As the traffic was going dead slow, I also noticed a large Indian man standing outside the temple near the Shell petrol kiosk.

He was waving frantically at the Trans Cab.

Since we hadn’t passed the temple yet and the left-most lane (the bus lane) was free of any vehicles, I had expected the Trans Cab — I could see from my rear-view mirror the taxi had green scrolling numbers on its roof availability indicator — to cut out and take the passenger.

But no. The would-be passenger was left waving to no avail on the kerb while th cab trailed behind me.

Yet a couple of minutes later, after having passed the Shell kiosk, the Trans Cab actually filtered off into the bus lane (nothing wrong with that as it’s a Saturday afternoon). I thought he got pissed off trailing me, as I kept a discreet distance behind the vehicle in front of me, in a long line of slow moving traffic.

Then I saw. Not what I thought. The driver actually went into the empty bus lane to pick up a passenger at the kerb. At least that’s what I assumed the young thing in a short dress was.

I drove on pondering.

If that woman was a passenger, was the Trans Cab driver being racist or sexist or both? To ignore a male Indian fare and pick up a non-Indian female fare….

Since i couldn’t read his mind, I think I would give him the benefit of “whatever”. 

After all, the young Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/Japanese young lady could have been a friend, a family member, an acquaintance or a regular passsenger.

Who knows? Only the Trans Cab driver does 🙄