Welcome to Singapore. Yes, yes all 16 000 of you.
The heat that you feel here is real. The torrential perspiration running down the sides of your forehead and that expensive white shirt of yours unglamorously stuck to your back is real too. You are here in Singapore at last, for the Board of Governors Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group.
Great. Take this red pill. Now, swallow.
Confused by the non-existant greetings of placards wielding activists? That’s only because the activists have dutifully submitted their applications to protest and the Singapore government has turned them all down. Ask Doctor Chee Soon Juan. He can attest.
You remember the cab driver that drove you from the airport? Wasn’t he gingerly showing you his pearlie whites? That’s phony. His smile was engineered via a 4 day training programme. Same difference to everyone else you bump on the streets of Singapore. Yes Singaporeans, stretch those lips! 4 millions smiles we were told
The silence can be so deafening. If this façade of normalcy pales very much in comparison to the previous meetings that u have attended, take the ferry from Harbour Front and scoot over to Batam. There, you will receive a welcome befitting for a hero
That said. Xskew me, can I protest?