I don't know why we ban chewing gum but not cigarettes. Or why government officials want us to believe that they're opening up and listening to the people now that the era that required the iron fist is over.
Until I see a change in the decision to build a casino in Singapore, I maintain that the government we have merely covers the iron fist with a velvet glove.
Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan was seen on television urging the public not to be "trapped by ideologies" when it comes to the casino debacle. What a load of crap. The last thing I need is a government without an ideology, merely existing with no purpose or direction.
Your decisions dictate the ideology you subscribe to. Word from the grapevine is that our government lost money in Enron, and with the large number of workers headed towards their retirement, instant cash is needed to release their <acronym title="Central Provident Fund">CPF</acronym> money they've saved.
Our young people face enough vice as it is. We couldn't stop porn from seeping (rather flooding) through the internet. We can, however, stop the casino from being built. There is nothing good or noble about gambling. It is not an indication that we have "arrived".
It's construction will be a testament to the impotence of the citizen's voice. It's a done deal. I don't know why I'm even ranting about it. These are times I really hate the government's "we know better" attitude.

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