- From: The Void Deck
4 July 2004
While the world awaits with bated breath the first ever post Sep 11
film which begins to question the politics involved in the annexation
of Iraq ostensibly as an extension of the war against terror,
Singaporeans should also wait with bated breath to see what happens
after Aug 9.
The processes of placing our PM-elect onto the pinnacle of political
power in Singapore is well into place. The swift economic recovery
which has yet to be fully felt on the ground, reported day in day out
by Straits Times, the confidence to restore top civil servants' pay
coming in the back of wage austerity and restraint only fairly
recently emphasised by the Minsta of Manpower late last year, points
to an effort to make every one happy. The new PM will come into power
with the bells of prosperity ringing nice and loud for the regional
and international community. What about the Singaporeans? There is
still people being retrenched, Singapore Pools just axed 20 staff,
the property market is still barely alive, rents remain at an all-
time low, office space take-up is still hardly any thing to cheer
Will we have our own Michael Moore to put into celluloid some of the
very interesting contradictions alive in this entire political
process? Or are all these issues only debated freely in cyberspace
and always in a non official environment? Look at the White Horse
issue, how it was always mentioned as a 'fact' in our private talks
and discussions until it blew up in the public domain as how the
gahment well and truly cocked up.
Well, one thing Farenheit 8/9 can boast will be its ability to look
into next year's economic forecast and predict that doom will return
once this sustained momentary boom is runs its course politically.
Who is our Michael Moore? The heartland favourite Jack Neo or our
enfant terrible Royston Tan?