whiny sg guys
i suspect my commentary of the trip will never come about. but oh well.
and ST seriously misquotes a lot. it’s quite disgusting. out of context. twisting the meaning. in this article there’s one quote which is even twisted to achieve an opposite meaning.
I mulled over this quite a while, not just because it is a sexist comment, but because it reminded me of an equally sexist observation of Singapore girls that friends shared in the past (also sexist, so this comes with a health warning): “Many Singapore girls, while demure, sweet and genuinely nice people, lack opinions on issues and are wishy-washy. Singapore girls are nice but intellectual…
[Philip Yeo’s comments on “whining Singapore boys”] touched a raw nerve in blogger Singapore Ink, who wrote in his weblog: ‘Many Singapore girls, while demure, sweet and genuinely nice people, lack opinions on issues and are wishy-washy.
anyway the ST article is shown below.
May 15, 2005
whips up howls of protest
Critics, especially on the Net, accuse him of making ‘sweeping statement’
By Chua Kong Ho
WHO says we are wimps?
Yes, you are, says Mr Philip Yeo, chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).
You whine and you are immature even after those years in national service, the veteran civil servant insisted in a recent interview.
His harsh criticism of male scholarship holders has prompted howls of protest, with many accusing him of making a ‘sweeping statement’.
The indignation has been loudest on Internet forums and weblogs.
A posting by ‘Robin’ on the Young PAP Discussion Forum is typical.
‘If he thinks only Singapore women and foreigners appreciate the scholarships, then to make things even, make them serve national service as well. Then, we can see who will be whining, the Singapore boys or his favourite girls and foreigners.’
The controversy erupted when Mr Yeo, fed up with Singapore men breaking their government scholarship bond, told The New Paper about a week ago: ‘I don’t want whining Singapore boys. They are not mature even though they have national service and are over 22 years old when they take up undergraduate studies. They give me so much trouble and waste our precious time.’
He added that he would be better off giving more scholarships to foreign students and Singapore girls.
It touched a raw nerve in blogger Singapore Ink, who wrote in his weblog: ‘Many Singapore girls, while demure, sweet and genuinely nice people, lack opinions on issues and are wishy-washy.
‘Singapore girls are nice but intellectual and decision-making feather-weights.’
However, TalkNoAction on Sammyboy.com’s Alfresco Coffeeshop believes Mr Yeo is spot on. ‘There is this ‘entitlement mentality’ among scholars that I’ve seen and am disgusted by.
‘The best (of the best) people are very humble and have a sense of duty.’
Like many, IT engineer Pua Yong Hock, 32, chides Mr Yeo for making what he sees as a sweeping statement.
He said: ‘Obviously not all Singapore guys are like that. He’s Singaporean as well, if whatever he says is true, then it applies to himself as well.’
Added businessman Tan Liang Swee, 33: ‘Saying such a thing shows he’s close-minded. There are always good and bad.’
But Mr Yeo said, when contacted by The Sunday Times: ‘It’s a pointed statement. It pinpoints whining Singapore boys, not all Singapore males.
‘Most boys grow up to be men. Between male wimps and mature women, I prefer mature female scholars. Mature male scholars are welcome!’
He also said that women scholarship holders approach senior officers if they have problems and want to appeal against decisions.
They do not whine.
‘They may even put their points of view across in a robust fashion. Forget about old fashioned lady-like,’ he added.
Mr Yeo is well-known for making controversial statements on male scholarship holders.
Back in 1997, he declared that he wanted government scholarship holders who could ‘ski, windsurf and jump from planes’ and who do not look like ‘water lilies’ or ‘yellowish bookworms’.
Some men may wince at his choice of words but Mr Yeo’s outbursts are very likely prompted by the unpleasant fact that government bond-breakers tend to be male and Singaporean.
He is not wrong, maintain women scholarship holders like Ms Chng Zhenzhi.
Ms Chng, 23, who has received an A*Star scholarship, is waiting to attend Harvard Medical School later this year.
She said: ‘It’s quite obvious that the female scholars are more aggressive, Type-A, go-getting types, while the males are more soft-spoken and tend to be easily bullied by females.’
To her, Singapore males are fine until they go into the military for their national service.
‘Once they enter NS, they complain a lot. I didn’t know that guys could talk about the most minute things.
‘Perhaps, they’re not used to the physical training or regimentation,’ she added.
Ms Chng attributes the women’s behaviour to their attitude.
‘The female scholars I hang out with – we know that getting the scholarship is not an entitlement, but a privilege.
‘People start complaining when they don’t understand that it’s a privilege – that they don’t automatically deserve a scholarship.’