22 May 2010

I was at the Navy Open House 2010 preview on Thursday morning and I had a glimpse of the RSS Formidable class frigates and the Changi Naval base. I will write a bit more about it later. I will also post photos.

Mythologing the great personages of the nation

I see that the mythologising has begun. It has been a week since and the coverage has continued unabated. Obviously, this will serve several political purposes but the need for nation-building myths and national myths are paramount in any young nation. Some would term it propaganda while others would term it history. The lenses can be tinted in myriad colours.

I will prefer somewhere in the middle. Great things were done by men of action in uncertain circumstances. And they did right. They built something, hopefully lasting and worth preserving.

In the early days, there had been no provision for such a programme as the eradication of poverty, housing shortages and the creation of jobs were self-evident to the populace at hand. There was little thought given to creating a national narrative then. However, with the advent of the internet and the difficulty in information and media control, it is not surprising that it has given rise to this direction, members of the SPH has been given the mandate and the authority to chronicle past deeds.

There is a need to chronicle the early efforts, if not for historical reasons but for that of remembrance, for the people, by the people.

Principal role of the military

To me, the principal role of the military is to defend the nation. Using the military to kill its own people is unforgivable. This isn't any different from the 1989 massacre in China. I wonder if there is an attempt by the various media in whitewashing the entire incident...

And now, I find that some people were cheering the army for killing the demonstrators. Right-wing types?

Some had also justified this by some measure of moral equivalence. I don't know. Some had claimed that both sides were equally in the wrong. Whitewash? What do you think?

Awashed in blood

Bound by a fanatical fetish for secrecy, Apple had created a certain culture which the subcontractors were probably abiding. Imagine the tremendous pressures in these plants. Nine worker deaths so far. I hope all the Macheads/iphoneheads are happy with their little shiny gadgets.
I had wanted to spend a quiet evening drawing last night but had not had the opportunity to do so. I had met with Teck Loong (Pekpire) and Zenn the Nice for coffee at Starbucks at Orchard Point instead.

19 May 2010

Watching the World Cup

It does appear that I will get the opportunity to watch the World Cup on TV after all. My father is subscribing. Heh.

FV103 Spartan

The FV103 Spartan APC. This was not meant to be a general troop carrier but a small carrier for specialised teams like anti-aircraft missile teams and so forth.This is the APC version of the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) family.

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18 May 2010

Humber Scout Car

The Humber Scout Car was a common Second World War reconnaissance vehicle with a petrol engine. Over four thousand of these lightly armed vehicles were manufactured. This is a running example at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

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An idiot from AIA

The harassment starts from AIA. How many calls will it be this year? Heh.

At 9:25 am in the morning, my mobile rang.

Caller: Hello, my name is Ms Idiot calling from S.B. Sujarno, an authorised representative of AIA...

Me: I'm not interested. Goodbye.