Friday, May 21, 2010

Children Of A Higher Calibre

"What I cannot do now is my own SMS because it is too small and I cannot find the buttons to press the SMS... I am told that the iPad is big and quite easy to work and I will earn how to do that."

We don't know whether the speaker was referring to the size of the mobile or the keypad but we are able to infer from his less than perfect sentence construction, which definitely sounds more Singlish than English, that he does not even know the keys for composing an SMS are the same for using the phone. Maybe his octogenarian eyes need the larger buttons of say, an iPhone virtual keypad. Using the iPad for SMS? That must be one of the useless applications Philip Yeo had in mind.

The same "expert" also advised the Japanese at the Nikkei organised international symposium on the "Future of Asia", held on 20 May 2010 in Tokyo, to choose immigrants who can be assimilated more easily. "If I were Japanese, I would not want to go beyond people who look like Japanese. I will choose people from the high end, so that the children will also be of a higher calibre." If the future of Asia is to be race supremist and discriminatory as prescribed, then surely Adolf Hitler deserves an apology.

But Lee Kuan Yew's racial bias is not new, and best illustrated by what he told a University of Singapore audience on 27 December 1967:
"Three women were brought to the Singapore General Hospital, each in the same condition and each needing a blood fusion. The first, a Southeast Asian was given the transfusion but died a few hours later. The second, a South Asia was also given a transfusion but died a few days later. The third, an East Asian, was given a transfusion and survived. That is the X factor in development."

Some say it's poetic justice that God gave him as grandchildren, an albino and autistics. He himself, like his own daughter, is dyslexic. So much for "children of a higher calibre."

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