So! My fellow natives are grumbling about something a British expat in Singapore has said about our local public transport. It behooves this Asian toady to the white imperialists to defend our Colonial Masters of Old and answer the hypocritical complaints of my disgruntled natives. Besides, I am terribly fond of contrarian positions and causes and this seems to be a delicious opportunity to exhibit my Anglophilia.
So Casey says that only poor people take the public transport. What exactly is so insulting or disrespectful about that? Unless of course one thinks that there is something shameful about being poor and we who take the public transport hate to be associated with the poor, which then says something more about how we think than what this brit expat thinks. In an amusing ironic twist, our oh so self-righteous indignation against the alleged disrespect which this ang mo is showing to the poor is based upon our projecting our very own Asian materialistic ways of thinking and economic status consciousness unto Casey. Hah! Pot, meet kettle.
Casay is glad to wash the stench of public transport off himself when he got back to his car. So Casey really really doesnt like the public transport, let’s be honest here, how many of you would not choose to be chauffeured in a car for free over taking the public transport if you had the option? Why do you complain so much about COE prices and ERPs costs if you do not seek also to wash the stench of public transport off and perfume yourself with the sweet smell of your very own car? Please, let’s not pretend that you take the public transport for the affect of solidarity with the poor or the masses or something, bah humbug!
The fact is dear Singaporeans, you think EXACTLY like our expat here, you yourself despise the poor and cant wait to get your own car and quit the public transport. But of course when such sentiments are harboured by locals, that is meritocratic, socially mobile and entirely respectable, but when voiced by an ang moh, that is evil evil and terrible.
Apparently objectivity and consistency of thought is something our colonial masters of old forgot to teach us. The hypocrisy!