Attention Whores

sg mentality

(In response to this post on Rice Media) What’s always fascinating to me is how so many socially awkward keyboard warriors like to call people like Kristen “attention whores”. Same for Amos, Roy, and basically any public figure who isn’t a public official. My guess is that these people are so deeply socialized to be […]

July 4, 2017

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Behave

sg mentality

Work in progress. “Why is nobody helping me?” Amos Yee isn’t the first person to say the things he’s said. He isn’t the first person to call Lee Kuan Yew a dictator. He isn’t the first person to mock religion. He isn’t the first person to talk about NS in derogatory terms. – It’s interesting […]

July 2, 2017


sg mentality

Recently a bunch of professor types got together at a forum to admonish civil servants for not speaking up. “Singapore needs more naysayers,” they said. I can’t help but think of all the people who’ve spoken up over the years only to be told that they said the wrong thing. They get arrested, detained, searched, […]

February 27, 2017

Analyzing the arguments of a teenage Singaporean elitist

sg mentality

‘Elitism’ can be good for society It’s always genuinely exciting to me whenever a teenager thinks that he has something important to say about society. I was like that myself, and I’m always hoping to hear something really good. I believe that there is a sincere civic-mindedness about young people that us grumpy old(er) farts […]

August 12, 2015

No one owes us a living, not even our leaders

Chenghu, sg mentality

Have you ever read Animal Farm? It’s a book by George Orwell, reflecting events leading up to and during the Stalin era before World War II. The novel addresses not only the corruption of the revolution by its leaders but also how wickedness, indifference, ignorance, greed and myopia corrupt the revolution. While this novel portrays […]

April 25, 2012