I considered not putting this item in my blog. But these Singaporeans' reactions changed my mind:
Everyone's gone nuts! Even the distributor of the Peanuts comic strip had to step in to clarify a certain matter of great import...
A certain fried chicken company felt compelled to do so too...
Come to think of it, many years ago when I was a young journalist, I recall receiving a clarification from the people behind local mascot Sharity the Elephant:
I had referred to Sharity as a female. No, no, I was corrected: Sharity is a male. Okay. For the record, this is the official profile of Sharity:
“Once upon a time, there was a little pink elephant called Sharity. He was kind and loving. But Sharity was very unhappy as he was often bullied by his peers because he was the only pink elephant. His parents took him away in search of a new home. They managed to find Sharityland, a land of caring and sharing, where Sharity was accepted by everyone there. Whenever Sharity was happy, his heart grew and lifted him high into the blue sky…”
If you don't want to get all mixed up on Singapore's mascots, the Remember Singapore blogsite has this helpful piece:
Singapore's Favourite Mascots... How Many Do You Remember?
Headline that brightens up the day!
|SunTimes, Aug 31|
Love this pic (posted by Judith on Facebook)...
Remember this poster?...
A Straits Times excerpt (Aug 30) of a book by former Singapore High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Malaysia Maurice Baker recounted an "international incident" with Malaysia in 1970 that was sparked by this very, very silly policy of the Singapore government:
Well, the long-haired Malaysians were arrested and locked up and released the next day when the bumbling cops realised the trio were telling the truth. But the political damage had been done, and Malaysian students were calling for a demonstration at the Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur:
Also, I am impressed that The Straits Times of that era dared to write an editorial such as the one below:
Have we learnt any lessons from such overzealous, high-handed and misplaced policies? I can think of the recent brouhaha over the And Tango Makes Three affair. Sigh.
Finally, here's one more health tip!
(posted by Irene on Facebook)