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Farenheit 8/9

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    From: The Void Deck 4 July 2004 Singapore Review While the world awaits with bated breath the first ever post Sep 11 film which begins to question the politics
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      From: The Void Deck
      4 July 2004
      Singapore Review

      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
      about.

      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?

      Zhong Eh
      18.06.04
      thevoiddeck.org
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