Singapore Sucks! – The Book
July 5, 2011, 10:12 am
Filed under: Singapore

(This book blurp came in my email and is about a book edited and compiled by someone I know, who is a true blue Singaporean. It contains familiar stories that we can all chuckle about and in many instances, empathise with as Singaporeans. The journey towards completing this has been tedious and touch so congratulations on the completion of the project SC.)

A writer once described Singapore as “Disneyland with the death penalty”.

However, for many Singaporeans – like myself – who have to put up with the draconian rules for decades now, we are not feeling the Disney at all. Just the penalties. Therefore, we get very annoyed with the mainstream media – especially the government-owned dailies circulating in Singapore – for their unhealthy fixation on the “Disney” side of Singapore.

Well, we know what the doctors say about pain. And we ignore the societal pains plaguing Singapore at our own peril.

That’s why we – being the conscientious writers that we are – came together to write Singapore Sucks!

And not because we are sarcastic hacks with entirely too much time on our hands.

Singapore Sucks! is a delightful bouquet of sarcasm, humour and insolent honesty. The discerning reader may even recognise a hint of patriotic fervour.

Through an eclectic collection of short stories, essays and poems, our panel of largely Singaporean writers have captured and managed to convey the peculiar brand of insanity that can only be described as Uniquely Singapore. This book leads you through to the other side of the looking glass; behind all the hocus-pocus you will find hitherto unexplored territory… Here, virgin explorers shall marvel at sights that will satisfy even the most carnal appetites for the strange and macabre.

Welcome to Singapore.

Do check out the FB page here.


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Is this an indication of how ungrateful the succeeding generation is toward the society that the previous generation toiled and sacrificed so much just to build it from scratch? A society’s decline almost always starts with moral degradation.

Comment by Robert

I have read the book and I don’t think it is about our forefathers or discrediting their hard work. It is about the current conditions of living as a Singaporean, written with a sarcastic twist of humour in it. Yes and I can see how by looking at the title or even by the description, people will typically think that it is all about complaining. Honestly, I think we should take a chill pill and look at this country, the lives and challenges of the ordinary Singaporeans on the streets before we even start being defensive.

Thing here is, you have not even browsed through the book.

Open up your heart and mind a little, being grateful doesn’t mean that one has to be blinded by ugly things going on in our society, bad policies which affect people’s lives etc. Being grateful doesn’t mean that one has to act like those North Koreans who adore their leaders and dead leaders so blindly as if they have no tint of ugliness and faults in them.

Last but not least, I do not think there is any ‘moral degradation’ in voicing out. In fact, there is perhaps more moral degradation in our HDB policies if you don’t mind me saying… or a book written by a particular man in white who casts discriminating remarks about a particular race in Singapore.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

Rachel, it might be better to change the link to the “Info” instead of the wall. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Singapore-Sucks-The-Book/112417752183097?sk=info

Comment by Jeff

Thanks Jeff, you are right, I have just changed the link.😉

Comment by rachelabsinthe

Hi Rachel!

Thank you so much for putting my blurb up! So many people “liked” the page since your blog post came up. Thank you!

And Robert, I assure you, I love Singapore just as much as you. That’s why I wrote this book. Because… well because when you are a parent, you don’t praise and indulge your child when he behaves badly. True love means you will teach your child right from wrong.

Likewise, if you truly love your country, you don’t go around saying “this is great!” when homeless senior citizens sleep on park benches, hunt for their next meal in rubbish bins and definitely not while millions of your fellow citizens are deprived of their basic rights!

I mean, what kind of a person do you think I am that I should lie in the face of hard and painful evidence? A PAP politician?!?

Comment by Singa Crew




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