Clean and Green

imagesIn the world of tourism, the mentioned of Singapore conjures up two divergent imageries. The positive reviews cite this tiny piece of real estate at the southern tip of Malaysia as: clean, green, efficient, safe. The naysayers highlight the nation’s prolific use of fines to solve problems. You get fined for chewing gum, fined for jay walking and littering. Every little errant act attracts a fine. Hence it is a “fine” city. A gathering of more than 5 (without approval) in public places is illegal. This rule is seldom applied though. When it does, it is usually for political gatherings only. 

There is no perfect city on earth and Singapore is no different.There are good and bad sides. Only the locals will provide a more balanced view. Tourists and foreigners come for reasons of business and pleasure, after which they leave. Hence their views are often superficial.Is there a real Singapore under her clean, green and safe facade? It is unfortunate that the city-state has grossly gravitated towards a hedonistic culture in the last two decades under a band of young bureaucrat-politicians mostly in their 30’s and 40’s earning million dollar salaries. The only pursuit is money as the indicator or wealth. Nothing else matters. This hedonistic culture leads some to caricature the city as an “international brothel”, where people come and have pleasure and leave. A post in reports:

According to Lianhe Wanbao, the site masked it’s darker nature, boasting itself as the “best site in Singapore” for information of the “hottest babes”.

It is in fact a site for visitors to purchase sexual services from over 1,500 young prostitutes online.

The posts on the website displayed services like “relaxing station for men” and “cosmetic services for women”. The site displayed photos of scantily clad women.

It was discovered after a woman who had visited the website was concerned about the shady nature of the website, and called to enquire.

The woman had discovered the website through a chain email, asking her to check out the girls on the website.

This is the price that many urban societies pay for success. Most have lost their souls.

Matthew 13:22
He also that received seed among the thorns is he thatheareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.


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