Sometimes you wonder who the buffoons are who do stupid things like this – especially in the age of the Internet. I am all for playing great host to our visitors, whether royals or not. But come on, at least let the welcome be genuine and authentic.
Why do we have to put on an unrealistic parade just to show what a vibrant society we are? Uncles (apparently) asked to “perform” tai chi under S’pore’s sweltering heat, children pretending to be playing, etc. [I’m not dissing the uncles, women and children who were part of this display, but those who planned for this.]
Such fake display of enthusiasm or community activities is, truth be told, an affront to us Singaporeans. We do not want our country to be presented in such a fake manner. Why couldn’t the royals be taken on a tour of the heartlands as they are? They could have dropped by a coffeeshop, for example. Or even just a stroll to “admire” our public housing. [Maybe they did, I don’t know. I don’t see it being reported in the news but I could be wrong.]
Here’s another show:
It is quite hilarious, isn’t it? We have a minister and a former president being part of a welcoming party – for 2 panda bears.
I know the importance of not slighting the ones who give you gifts but really, a former president in the welcome party?
Lets not over-do things. We are Singaporeans and let us be proud of who we are, our way of life, and be authentic. I am sure that is what Prince William and his wife are here for and they would appreciate an authentic experience of our way of life – and not some fake show of community spirit which every Singaporean would recognise as fake.
Anyway, welcome to Singapore, your royal highnesses…