OPINION: Cruise Ship To Sampan

Singapore Notes, 31 Oct 2013
Koh Buck Song's choice of a metaphor was pretty neat. The cruise ship is just a floating version of Hotel Singapura, where foreigners are perennially welcomed to enjoy themselves on short stays while the locals struggle to maintain the vessel ship shape for the long haul. Heck, young men are mandated to sacrifice two best years of their lives to bear arms and defend the premises so the high rollers can live it up at the casinos, F-1 races and what not.
One reason Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong got his knickers in a twist over the commentary ("Sink the old sampan, S'pore now a cruise ship", ST 28 Oct 2013) could be the reference to the inequality of life that has come about. You can book a table for fine dining, or join the buffet line - we're talking hawker center, food court or restaurant here. The elites have $10 XO sauce chye tow kuay, the minions have $3 two meat and one vegetable fare. Full story

  1. PM LEE: SINGAPORE IS LIKE A SAMPAN 2.0 - The Real Singapore
  2. Singapore is "sampan 2.0": PM Lee - Hardwarezone Forum 
  3. From sampan to cruise ship to sampan - My Singapore News